A man by the sidewalk sells portraits of Soviet party leaders, flags with slogans, badges, WWII medals. A woman opposite lays out vases and silver cutlery. Next vendor has a rocking horse, a chair, a record of Stalin’s recordings from the 50s.
There’s nothing like arriving at a town you knew nothing about and discovering that it’s actually a fascinating place. That was the case with Malatya. The town was on our way and it seemed big enough to have a decent hotel, which was needed after a very cold night of camping followed by a rainy night of camping.
Van is not the kind of city you'd hang out in without a reason. At least not me. Considering that Van doesn't really have any famous attractions and it's in Turkey, a country with possibly more historic monuments and beautiful scenery than… well anywhere I can think of except India, why would you want even visit