From Mersin To Bern

I am now in Bern, Switzerland. To get here from Mersin I used the following sequence of vehicles: bus, plane, plane, bus, train, bus. The journey began 5 pm on Monday and finished around 9 am Tuesday. Here are a few travel tidbits:

– 2 Swedes and a Turk wre chatting very loudly on the on the free Pegasus service bus between Mersin and Adana. Their topics of conversation included Swedish fish and ice hotels.

– At Adana Airport in under 10 minutes I passed entrance security, checked-in, went to the toilet and got through departure lounge security. I wish preparing to fly was always this easy.

– The aeroplane used by Pegasus Airlines was an www.izai.com.tr plane and did not display the Pegasus name anywhere.

Sabiha Gokcen on the Asian side is the ‘cheap’ airport where many low-cost and charter airlines fly to. What aren’t cheap are the airport cafes. A can of cola and ‘tost’ (a grilled cheese sandwhich) each cost 7 lira. For Turkey this is extortion. Thankfuly, my dried apricots, apricot kernels and water were enough for my 7 hour stop-over.

– At 3:30 am I boarded my first EasyJet flight, complete with first-in first-served seating.

The Easyjet Aeroplane at Sabiha Gokcen Airport with the lights of Istanbul in the background

– When exiting Basel Europort the immigration lady did not stamp my passport, to my disappointment. Dammit, I want stamps!

– The combned bus to Basel Train Station/Inter-City train to Bern cost CHF 39.80 (EUR 25). Ouch! As I had already visited Basel in 1999 I did not look around and went straight to Bern. The dual-level train to Bern was amazingly smooth.

The train I took from Basel to Bern with the Swiss Rail Authorty’s acronym in German, French and Italian, 3 of the 4 official languages of Switzerland. The other official language, Romanisch, is only spoken by a tiny proportion of the population.