This trip was undertaken by Thomas and Nienke Lameris (brother and sister), Helen Rijkes and Niels Bot. After knowing each other for several years, being together in the same youth association (JNM), and after making several trips independently, we decided to go on a birdwatching trip together. We choose Turkey as our destiny due to the large amount of great bird species that could be seen here, inspiring stories of friends and the relatively low travel costs. Because we were all still studying at that moment and having not much money to spent, we also decided to do the complete trip by public transport. Therefore, we were not able to visit all the birding spots that could have been reached in the same time span using a car, but with good planning we managed to see a great deal of all the species that the area has to offer including the endemics.