Feribot. The first Turkish Turkish word I learned along with Bir (one), Ekmek (bread) and Su (water). It was during my first Turkish lesson in a truck with a Turkish driver, while hitchhiking from Serbia to Istanbul (see Le Grand Finale).

Basically, when I saw a cyclist on the road, I asked him how that was called in Turkish. Since he did not see the cyclist, I made a peddling movement. His answer was feribot, and I replied I had three feribots. He first looked strange at me but then said he went by feribot to Ireland. I looked at him very impressed. “All the way from Istanbul?” And he said yes. Continue reading