14 OCT 2012
I reach Marmari, a routine check, the passport, the sound of the stamp and I leave straight away for the centre of the town. I’ll meet Ohran. He is a diver and during summer he works in boats with tourists wanting to learn diving while during winter he does technical diving. His winter speciality: sunk boats that must emerge on the surface and bridges that are looking for the first screws to be stabile.
He arrives to the meeting point on a small moped. First greetings and he takes my backpack to jam it between the steering wheel and the saddle. We drive through the city heading toward’s a friend’s restaurant to eat. He orders and the table fills with meat balls in weird shapes, vegetables and pulses – all delicious. At the end he doesn’t let me pay.
Later on we’ll go for a drink in the bar where all the divers hang out. The name of the bar? Red & White and on the sign the Turkish flag in the shape of Turkey. I immediately thought of how an equivalent bar in Greece would be and the composition of people in there. For a moment I wondered if it was clever to go in there and what the reactions of the regulars were gonna be when they’d found out I was a Greek. Wrong – Automatic thought.
The handshakes warm and strong. The older one and teacher of all the rest is very sharp. After the second beer a conversation begins that bombards me with information. International politics, Syria, Greek – Turkish affairs is what we talked about.
Next day involves lots of wondering around. I follow Ohran in his everyday life, which means underneath the water. It’s the first diving for me and my camera. A beginner should remember 3 things: Breatn, Decompress and empty his mask from water, if any. I shouldn’t forget to write about the Danish couple that I met on board. The girl studies mechanical engineering with specialization in plastic. Her dream is to work for…Lego!
I finish my thoughts on my way back to Marmari. I type in the laptop and I sit at the edge of the small boat. I have the sea next to me. The temperature is great and the wind as strong as it should be.