Turkey has always been a mysterious country to me, it’s because I knew almost nothing about it (had I know nothing at all, then it would only be a strange country to me, not mysterious…). The only things I knew about Turkey were it situated over Asia and Europe, its mosques and of course the term Turkish bath. In fact it’s more like an impression of Istanbul, I think…原帖地址: 背包客栈自助游论坛 https://www.bbkz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1282598
一手交钱一手交货的签证/ Nice to do business with Turkish visa official
It’s because Turkey isn’t part of EU, it isn’t cover by Schengen Agreement. Therefore British passports holder are required to have a visa for entry. I later found out there’s no visa requirement for Hong Kong SAR passport holder; I was well gutted…
My colleagues reminded me to bring some British pounds as a landing visa costs £10 in cash, so I did.
下机后跟其他乘客步行前往入境信道。突然见到入境信道前有个写著Visa的窗口，其他乘客中没有人排这个窗口，所以我是第一个。在裹面的职员问我「Tourist visa？」，我说「Yes」，他跟著说「Passport! 」，我把 passport交给他之后，他在我的passport上贴了一张贴纸，然后对我说「10 pound！」， 当我递上10 pound后，他把passport交回给我。我打开passport一看，那张贴纸写著Multiple Entry Visa, 原来落地签证是这么样办的…原帖地址: 背包客栈自助游论坛 https://www.bbkz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1282598
After I got off the plane, I walked with other passengers to passport control. On the way there, I saw there’s a counter with the sign ‘Visa’, everyone just walked past it without stopping, so I didn’t have to queue. The official said to me “Tourist visa?” and I said “Yes”. He then said “Passport!” and I handed the passport over to him. He then put a sticker on and said “10 pound!”. I gave him £10 cash and he gave me my passport back. I looked at my passport; the sticker says Multiple Entry Visa. “I see”, I said to myself “that’s how you do landing visa, nice to do business with you.”
然后在排入境信道时，有不少游客被送反去排Visa窗口，结果我只排两次队（实际上只排了一次），而一大部份的其他游客则排了三次(passport control, visa, passport control)，原来慢慢行是有「著数」的。
Later on when I queued for passport control, I saw many tourists were sent back for visas, so they ended up queuing 3 times (passport control, visa, passport control) where as I only queued twice (actually just once, as I didn’t have to queue for my visa), it seems there’re perks in taking my time.
用10镑「买」回来的签证/ My £10 visa
我是肥羊？/Gary the “mark”？
由Sabiha Gökçen机场搭巴士去到Taksim Square(位于新城区)，再搭电车到Sultanahmet(位于旧城区)，太约用了两小时。因为是夜机，所以去到Sultanahmet时已经是晚上大约十时半。由电车站到我订的hostel那短短十分钟的路程，我三次被「好客」的土耳其人邀请我去饮酒，以下是我们的标准对答：
The journey from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim Squire (in new town) then to Sultanahmet (in the old town) took about 2 hours, because it’s a late flight, by the time I got there it was around 10.30 at night. During the 10 minutes walk from the tram stop at Sultanahmet to my hostel, I was approached by “friendly” Turkish man 3 times separately, inviting me to go for drinks. The conversations went something like this:
Turkish man: “Where are you from?”
Me: “Hong Kong/England (depending on how I feel)”
Turkish man: “Oh, me too. I’m working for Daewood in Korean/I have English friends/I’m also a tourist, I come from Greece”
Turkish man: “Of course, my friend. Why don’t we go for drinks/my friend’s party? Oh, what is your job? How much do you earn?”
Me: “Sorry, I need to get to my hostel, I’m in a hurry.”
Turkish man: “It’s ok, I can wait for you outside your hostel, then go for a drink.”
Might be I’m just being suspicious, but it just felt wrong, I felt like I was a huge “mark” in the eye of a conman, a pretty rubbish feeling.
Apparently it’s a pretty common con, the conman and bar owner are in it together. Con man invites an unsuspected tourist for drinks, and the bar owner sends a massive bill (can be up to €400!!). The conman then tells you it’s the normal price, and splits the bill with you. Once you’re gone, conman and bar own splits the €200 they got out of you.
I insisted I was going to my hostel, perhaps they thought I wasn’t that friendly, so they left me alone. I still don’t know if they were just friendly people or conmen, but I trust my feeling and am not sure I really want to find out anyway…