Keeping up with my theme of visiting locations with the names of modes of transportation, I’ve come to the Kurdish city of Van.
Van, formerly Tushba (from which we get the word “douchebag”) was, in the 13th Century BC, the seat of the empire of Urartu, Assyria’s pesky neighbor to the north. Archaeological evidence though suggests there have been people hanging out on the shores of Lake Van for at least 5,000 years.
Although Van Castle has had its share of additions in 3,300 years, you can still make out many ancient, worn-away steps and nooks in the rocks. I don’t really have any idea how ancient, but I like to think really ancient. If you know better, please don’t ruin it for me.