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Urartian Van Rain

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.

rain cloud and turkish flag
Somehow I didn't put two and two together to realize that I was about to be caught in a thunderstorm on an exposed rock mound. So I grabbed hold of the flagpole to ground myself.
rainstorm over lake van
Passing rain over Lake Van
van castle tomb
Random tomb where I waited out the storm. Well, probably not so "random" for "somebody" I suppose.

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