I’ve copied the 160 or so digital photos that I have taken so far onto this internet cafe computer. Due to a less-than-zippy internet connection, it would take about ten hours to transmit the 155 megabyte file. As such, I have squirreled it away in a system folder, to return to when I can come back with my USB memory stick. The only alternative would be sacrificing all the music on my iPod Shuffle, which would hardly be wise with another noisy fourteen hour bus ride in a few days’ time. Simon & Garfunkel, along with my noise isolating Etymotic ER6i headphones, are the only reason I got any sleep last night.

The reason for burying the folder with my images is mostly an observation that dozens of people have left similar little caches of Turkish holiday snaps in more conventional places. There is some voyeuristic pleasure to be gleaned from skimming over them. They range from shots so professional that I am tempted to steal them to those that would prompt me to offer the photographer a few basic lessons.

With the sun down, it is now well and truly too cold to type in this unheated and open-doored cafe. Adieu until tomorrow.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex December 9, 2006 at 9:14 pm

Milan, glad you are enjoying Turkey. Please pass on my greetings to your father. Bryony and I have had a very relaxing and beautiful week in Vienna and will be travelling back to Oxford tomorrow evening. Best, Alex. PS: Why not using earplugs – they work wonder for sleep, quiet studying and travelling.

R.K. December 10, 2006 at 3:37 pm

You worry too much. Just take the photos and have fun.

Milan December 11, 2006 at 4:41 pm


My earplugs have about 15dB of sound reduction, whereas my headphones have 35. That makes a big difference on a noisy bus.

I am glad to hear that you and Bryony are well.

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