I have a new camera. I took a couple of pictures in Konya before I left there - I will post them later. I went to a mall in Konya and went to a sort of electronics super store. They did not have any of the lower end cameras that I was after, and it annoyed me that they had things on display that they didn't have in stock, just to try and upsell me. So I found a small shop selling cameras and bought one. I think it's about like the one I had but it's a Nikon. The price was reasonable.
Konya is a major city, but it has a very different feel to it than Istanbul or Ankara. It's very religious. You see very few places that sell alcohol. The majority of the women are covered up. A lot of businesses close for Friday mid-day prayers. I saw people sitting on the ground in a side street praying during Friday prayers. It was interesting to see, at least.
I made it to Ankara. From Konya, there is a high speed train. So around noon I checked out of my hotel, took a long walk to the train station, and asked for a ticket on the next train to Ankara (2:30PM I think). I am learning that in Turkey, if you think you can walk up to the station and buy a ticket for a train that requires seat reservations and you expect to get on the next train, you are in for a rude awakening. If you do that, you need to memorize two words for your Turkish vocabulary - "yok" (which roughly means there isn't any) and "dolu" (full). All of the several trains to Ankara for the rest of the day were "dolu". So I got a taxi to the bus station where I had arrived the night before. The bus station is which is several kilometers north of the city. I got a 2:30PM bus to Ankara, no problem. The bus pulled into Ankara about 5:45.
After arriving in Ankara I decided that based on my experiences with Turkish Railways I had better go to the train station and buy my onward ticket to Kars first thing. I found the station after asking a few people directions (and I am finding people generally very helpful when asked for directions). I do think it's weird, though, that Ankara built a subway system that does not connect directly with the main train station. At the train station I asked for a ticket to Kars on Sunday, in the sleeping car. Unfortunately, I was not early enough because the sleeping car is "dolu". I am stuck in a couchette.
In Ankara I did not have a hotel booked. I sent a couple of requests, and got no reply. I eventually found one after walking around for quite a while.