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Old 10-10-2015, 02:40   #1
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Refugee situation in Turkey's archipelago

Tomorrow I'm flying to Turkey for a one week swim, run and yoga trip on a boat in the archipelago.
We're about 25 people who'll spend the week on two large gullet boats.
We'll land in Kemer and travel along the coast to Kaleucaqiz.

As you might be aware, there's a huge refugee crisis in Europe right now. Millions of refugees are trying to get into the EU and most of them come through Turkey and by boat to Greece.

Is anyone in this area right now? Or recently? What's the situation like? Is it safe?
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Old 10-10-2015, 03:00   #2
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A bombing just took place in Ankara, Turkey
Ankara explosion: Blasts hit rally in Turkish capital - BBC News
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Re: Refugee situation in Turkey's archipelago

We are in Kusadasi and sailed up from the south through the Greek Islands. You absolutely noting to worry about. We saw a lot of migrants on the Greek islands and they are mostly young males between say 18-30 with a few families and women and children thrown in. We had no issues on the Greek islands as the Greeks had security in the harbors or segregated them to another part of the island so you did not see them.

So come to Turkey and enjoy yourself as the weather is still great, not to hot or cold and simply a lovely country.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:10   #4
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Hello Nellos
I am living in Turkey and you can be sure that there is nothing to worry about. Especially Antalya area which you will go is one of the most secure and nice destination in Turkey.
If you need more detail or help you can call me. When you need please ask my mobile from private.
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Kemer is far east of the afflicted area on the western shores of Turkey.
On the other hand, the term 'archipelago' is not exactly proer for this area. Beautiful indented coast but not many islands.
If you have time to go south/west to Kekova (a little more than 50NM of sailing) - there are islands there and a most beautiful cruising area.
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The bombing appears to be related to the ongoing stress between Turks and Kurdish protestors. It has been going on for years as the Kurds feel they should be free of Turkish rule. It was not a bombing directed at tourists. Nonetheless, awful and in humane, so many people killed and hurt.
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The bombing appears to be related to the ongoing stress between Turks and Kurdish protestors. It has been going on for years as the Kurds feel they should be free of Turkish rule. It was not a bombing directed at tourists. Nonetheless, awful and in humane, so many people killed and hurt.
without wanting to get political here but the target was a demonstration for peace organised by turkish trade unions who oppose the military campaign vs the kurds.
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I respects the views of the members in the area but I question the wisdom or cruising there. To thousand of desperate young men trying to get to Europe, an unarmed tourist boat is a major temptation. That's assuming none of them are ISIS which I find impossible to believe.
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I'm in Kusadasi right now.. all is wonderful..
Nice people.. nice town..
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I respects the views of the members in the area but I question the wisdom or cruising there. To thousand of desperate young men trying to get to Europe, an unarmed tourist boat is a major temptation. That's assuming none of them are ISIS which I find impossible to believe.

Dave -- it why some of us choose to set sail and cross oceans. Why Columbus did not believe the earth is flat, why distant destinations are so appealing to us, why there are some of us who like to take risks and others who don't.

Some folks, and sounds like you are one, need a security blanket and that is fine so enjoy Fla as that appears to be where you are and all the comforts of home.

As for us, well we are looking at the horizon and saying why not!
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The trip is over and we had no incidents.
Here's a movie of our week
(use a computer, not a mobile, because of music rights issues)
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Nellos, looks like good times with good people. thanks for sharing
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