Published: October 28th 2010October 28th 2010
I am starting to feel like Smurfette. Day 2 in land formation whacky land, we started our day with a panoramic view of more weird rocks. I got the sensation of the grand canyon… kinda cool, but could have spent one day and one day only there… After a stop for some panoramic pictures, we headed to an open air museum. Each stop was a different church. The 1st 2 or 3 were great, and then the following 2 hours I fell asleep with my eyes open. My tour guide was super pissed off. Her name was Aygan. She asked me how old I was. I absolutely hate that question. I always ask back, what do you think? She of course said not older than 30. I said close enough. She asked how old I thought she was. Shit. I assumed late 30’s or even early 40’s. I said 30’s. She said 30 what. I said 35? She said she was only 28. OUCH. I told her to stop chain smoking! She then asked if I had a nose job! WTF? So I said yes. She said she has had 4 procedures and still can’t get her nose to look the
way she wants it to. She then said how she gained a few kilos and needed to lose a few. The boys and girls with me this very day all decided she was a buttaface. Anywho… who knew a woman from a little village from Turkey can be so darn insecure. I felt like I was back in NYC with the typical whining, how to get perfect NY’ers (which I am normally part of this sad club). Years ago Cappadocia was not a popular place to come and visit. Now, you have to wait minutes on end to get in somewhere (refreshing from Rome for me - not for others). The tour guide hates that so many people now come to her village. She yells at all the tour guides that aren’t from her village. It was nuts to watch. I was more amused by her than the actual sites… most of them anyhow. Finally we left the Churches of a billion years ago and headed to lunch. It was a buffet - fantabulous. I had my grilled eggplant, beans and some unidentifiable meat. I can’t wait for another good meal as I do love Turkish food…not buffet mass quantity
style food. After lunch, we went to a pottery place. This was a family business for 100’s of years. I must say, this was the prettiest pottery I have ever scene my entire life. Unfortunately it was super expensive so no purchases were made. The rest of the afternoon was a blur. I only remember stopping at the fairy chimneys and thinking they all looked like a bunch of random penises and Gargamel. I had dinner with a couple from Australia, a Malaysian guy, a Canadian guy and a girl from California. It was a great meal as we didn’t discuss the random day, politics, religion or anything that really mattered. The only thing I asked about is the violence in Turkey. Recently a 16 year girl was raped. She brought such shame to her family, that her father tied her to a chair and threw her in a ditch (while alive). This was one of the most disturbing things I have heard in sometime. I tried asking what happened to the father, but my tour guide looked so upset that I would ask such a question. I am starting to feel pretty strange in this country. Upon getting back to my sauna, I mean my room with a shower, there is a cat sitting on my bed. Hmmmmm…it clearly knew I didn’t want it there so it stormed out. I might have mentioned it - but I have been sick the last few days. I have a shitty cold that is driving me insane. I got it from the sickly Contiki crew! I gave so many of my cold drugs away that I don’t have any left for myself. DUR (which is the stop sign in Turkey). Perhaps the random stray cats that let themselves in my room through the window have caused my symptoms to get worse over the past few days. I literally started crying. I don’t think it was because I was sad - just because I needed to rid my eyes of whatever was making me sneeze and tickly my throat? Ok, ok… I cried for the 1st time since my abroad travels. I was in a crappy room in a place that was highly recommended. Where the F am I? It’s the first place I can’t wait to get away from. The only thing keeping me insane is the great single travelers (not single men people - like travelers similar to me) who have phenomenal stories to share. I finally have a free day tomorrow. But wait, it is in the town that is about 3 blocks long. I decided against going back to the rocks… we’ll see what happens.