Published: February 26th 2007May 10th 2006
10th May After a little sleep in Carolyn, Eve and I head for a walk up one of the mountains for about an hour which had some nice views but we had to turn back as Carolyn and I had a date at 1pm with a kayak. We had a yummy eggplant and salad sandwich for lunch (one of my fondest memories of Olympus; it was that good) and we head out with our guide Ali who is Turkish but lived in Oz for a while so he had a bit of Aussie twang to his English. Carolyn and I shared a Kayak as I was worried about my shoulder as it still hurts and we zigzag our way down the lake and then into the ocean. The sights were amazingly beautiful with the huge cliffs (Mt Olympos was actually a sight to see), clear turquoise water and the huge colour variety in the mosses on the rocks; deep purples, reds, greens and oranges. Carolyn and I struggled to paddle straight the whole time but it was actually quite hilarious. We paddled our way up the river on our own while Ali went to get the trolley and it was so
where the lake meets the ocean
nice and peaceful, even noticing two turtles sunbathing on the rocks. Carolyn and I had a great time and even though she wet me a few times I still love her. She is such an inspiration to me and I just want to be like her in the future, (even though I kinda am now!). We start with a few drinks early and just sit by the campfire, me rotating like a pig on spit as it’s so cold. Ali even offers me a job at The Orange Bar, and although it’s very tempting I still have more travelling to do and I wouldn’t be able to stay here for that long, not at this point in my travels anyway, plus there was the Soccer World Cup coming too…
11th May Had to say bye to Carolyn and Eve this morning. I may see them in Cappadocia but I may not. I really hope to see Carolyn again as she has such an awesome spirit and we got along really well. I basically chilled out all day drinking free apple tea and later in the day I watched Sarah and Rod play backgammon (2 other Aussies). A day of
nothing really….good though.
12th May another lazy one sitting in the hammock reading. When I did get off my butt I went down to the beach to stretch my legs before my bus journey to Goreme and whilst watching the water a Turkish guy approaches me and started to talk in Turkish and when I told him I didn’t speak Turkish he asked me if I had a lighter. I told him no (later on I noticed he didn’t even have a cigarette), and this then started him chatting away with me and he made himself comfortable on the rocks next to me. I had to try not to laugh when he told me that Sydney was the gay capital of the world and that ‘Shemen’ are always attracted to him as he is good looking, tall, and has muscles. He was also in shock when I told him I was single and may never get married. I then headed back and boarded my bus to Goreme with a guy Michael (Kiwi) who I spent the arvo perving on. Apparently the guy that worked at Bayrams who booked our bus tickets put me next to him as he saw
me checking him out. On the bus we had some good laughs, especially about the bus attendants, their trolleys, someone’s B.O, someone’s farting and the shit movie with Vin Diesel dubbed over in Turkish. I tried to sleep but with Michael being a hottie I had to resist the urge to snuggle up against him which would have been more comfortable.
13th May I woke up after a crappy sleep, just in time to see the sunrise over some of Cappadocia which was awesome and coming into the valleys with the cave houses and chimneys was a real sight. We arrive in Goreme at 7:30am and I decide to stay at Shoestring and there is a bus ready to take me there. Michael and I agree to meet up later at Shoestring to head out for a drink but in the meantime shoestring looked awesome and I have a dorm room in a cave that sleeps 13. I book a day tour, but then cancel due to the rain. So I have a nap instead in the warm cave. I ended up later going for a 4 hour walk at 2pm with Suleman our guide from shoestring to make
sure that the others and myself didn’t get lost. We saw 4 valleys; Pigeon, Honey, White and Love and they were all spectacular and unlike anything I have ever seen. We even had a Kopek (dog) follow us some of the way and Suleman helped me with my Turkish as we ducked and climbed through caves and to the top of valleys. Back at the hostel I got ready and when Michael rocked up (looking very hot) some of us went out for a drink, including Suleman and one of the other guys from the hostel. We head down to the Flintstones Cave Bar where at first we weren’t allowed in as it was a private Turkish party but Suleman got us in and we were the only tourists in there. It was warm and cosy with the fire going, and everyone drinking and dancing. The beers were flowing and we even got some birthday cake too. (WARNING: Girls may only be interested in my boy goss here, don’t say I didn’t warn you, those of you who are still awake that is) Michael actually assumed that I had a boyfriend and when I laughed and said no he avoided
Inside the tree house
It would creak and it was lined with plastic on the inside to prevent bugs and things coming through the cracks in the wood!!!
answering if he had a girlfriend, so I assumed that he did. (Imagine me throwing a tantrum here like a little girl and stomping my feet as I say “But we had already been flirting with each other since we met”). Keera and I had been dancing all night and it wasn’t until ‘sweet child o’ mine’ came on that Michael grabbed me off my seat and dragged me onto the dance floor. We pashed and danced the night away and after everyone else had gone he then tells me that he does have a girlfriend. For me it was too late to even care, I was hooked. We didn’t want the night to end and after the bar closed we found another place that was open and we were actually the only two in there. Then when that place closed we paid a fortune to get a cab back to his hotel in Urgup where he had to sneak me in (hihihi). We made out till all hours and I must say that I was completely hypnotised by his awesome eyes and smile. Anyway…
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