I relate Turkey to Thailand
where there is a large Russian yachting influence. I ask myself how yachting in Thailand
would change if Russians suddenly stopped coming.
Note: In an article I read today regarding the black box of the Russian bomber, the paper reported all Russian tourism to Turkey is now banned. I am not sure if that is true.
Relating it back to Thailand I wouldn't see much change unless you happen to be wanting to sell a high priced yacht. Seems in Thailand Russians were major buyers of yachts over $500 Euros. Instead, to us at least, most changes would seem positive as in fewer crowds, more accessible locations, and perhaps lower marina costs.
Riots and unrest in Thailand can also be compared with various colors of shirts taking to the streets. These were times not to mill about in Thailand and both sides didn't see us as a concern.
In today's paper it also sounds like Turkey will have spots not to mill about
" Masked protesters prepare to throw petrol bombs towards Turkish police during a demonstration in Istanbul protesting security
operations against Kurdish rebels"
Source: Turkish police, Kurds clash in protests against anti-PKK operation | Al Bawaba
Whether riots become more intense is an open question. I have seen riots in France
, Seoul, Thailand, a soccer match at Wembley, and my birth place Detroit.
It is amazing to watch a population erupt, and sometimes over trivial matters, and scary to know it is just below the surface.
I felt the tension in the air once when the Chuukees and Kapings had a go in FSM. A full 2 minutes prior I signaled my crew we had to leave the area immediately. I was the only one not drinking and they couldn't feel the mood in the crowd turn. There we just stood aside and watched.
a good book written by a sailor who was one of the first to sail into St. Petersburg after WWII. He described being warmly greeted by all. Sailors will be the last to leave and the first to come back after times of trouble.
I am either proud to be a sailor, or too lazy to flee the Philippines
despite the kidnapping of yachties and whole typhoon thing.
I like to remind myself how beautiful the people here are, the green of the rice fields, and of course the SCUBA
Say a small prayer with me this Holiday Season for the 4 still being held hostage this Christmas
and those lost
on Europa that never made it through a typhoon from Hong Kong
Sorry to ramble.