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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Olympos October 21st 2009

Today was the best travel day ever in Turkey! We left on an Anamur Zafer Co bus at 10am in the front two seats. It was a super nice bus and only a 6 hour ride to Antalya. The buses in Turkey are usually amazing and have comfy seats and offer free çay, water, traditional turkish hand sanitizer and snacks. We made it to Antalya and a small Dolmuş was waiting to take people to Olympos. The dolmuş dropped us off in the Olympos Valley but not at our hostel. We waited at this Olimpos Restaurant for more than two hours and it was getting dark and we were getting a bit nervous b/c we did not have reservations. The dolmuş finally came and we arrived at 7pm just in time for dinner at Turkman's Treehouses. ... read more
waiting anxiously for our ride to the treehouse!
our treehouse!
the honeymoon suite

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya October 7th 2009

Our 12 hour bus ride to Anamur was a beautiful and scenic coastal road along the Mediterranean. We arrived in Anamur around noon and took a city bus full of smoking teenagers in school uniforms loving Tages's lip ring to Iskele where our hostel was located. We made it to Esyr's Pansyon where we met the cranky owner Mr Esyr. We told him we would like to stay for a week and he thought we were lying so he told us if we didn't stay a week it would be very dishonest of us and hurt his business. Tages had to shake his hand and give him her word that we would stay. He also told us we couldn't use the kitchen because he thought we would make a mess but I almost started to cry ... read more
mediterranean sea

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Urfa October 5th 2009

We took the advice of Mr Kemal that traveling on small Dolmuş busses would be the cheaper and easiest way to get to Şanliurfa. Tages thought it would be smart to save money and head West to the Mediterranean where we could take it easy and relax for awhile since Turkey had been somewhat stressful for us, so far. However, I really wanted to travel to at least one more city in Eastern Turkey because I thought it was so beautiful and thought we could make it to Harran which is outside of Urfa and possibly stay in one of their famous bee hive hostels. So, we followed Mr Kemal's advice and headed toward the Dolmuş bus area. It was only supposed to take about 3-4 hours to get to Urfa from Malatya. However, Mr Kemal's ... read more
Otel Dogu
my fan broke..
delicious food from a can

We left Göreme on an overnight bus to Malatya. We were told by the ticket salesman who urged us into his office that we would arrive in Malatya between 6:30 and 7:00am. This was perfect because we had emailed the tourist office in Malatya about taking their Mount Nemrut Dagi tour and they said a man named Mr Kemal would be waiting for us in "the tea garden" at 8:30am. We left Göreme on a Nevşehir (company) bus at 8:15pm. We were told that we would have to transfer in Kayseri but assured that it would be a simple transfer. One hour later we landed in Kayseri and that is when we boarded the bus from hell. This, I would say, was the second worst and scariest night on our trip next to our first night ... read more
Mr Kemal

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme September 28th 2009

We stayed ın Göreme from September 28th thru October 2nd the average temperature durıng the day was around 27 °C or 80 °F. Durıng the nıght temperatures were around 10 °C or 50 °F. After leaving Istanbul we headed to this area of Turkey called Cappadocia. Formed from volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago (late Miocene to Pliocene epochs). The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. Göreme became a monastic center between 300—1200 AD. Unfortunately, Emily caught a cold in our hostel room in Istanbul so our first few days in Goreme were non eventful as she was recovering. But ... read more
The Goreme Otogar
Yasin's Place
Private Room at Yasin's Place

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul September 19th 2009

We stayed ın İstanbul from September 19th thru October 1st the average temperature durıng the day was around 24°C or 75 °F. Durıng the nıght, temperatures were around 20 °C or 68 °F. We totally forgot but the 19th of September was the last day of Ramadan. DUH! Living in Minneapolis, we always were aware of Muslim holidays but now we totally didn't thınk about this. In Turkey the 3 days after Ramadan is a Turkısh sweets holıday. and of course wıth our luck lately we pull ın wıth 3 days of holıday ahead of us! The Istanbul bus statıon was soooooo hectıc. Just exactly what I pıctured Istanbul to be lıke. Our bus pulled ın around 9pm and we had to waıt for one hour ın a massive traffic jam to get ınto the parkıng ... read more
Trolley to Taksim Square
Our Backpacker Friends from Vienna
Cordial House Hostel

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna September 5th 2009

After a long bus ride from Prague to Vienna we were so excited to see friends. The main reason for making a stop in Vienna is not because it is the capital of Austria or the capital of Würstelstands but because of Simone and other old friends that I haven't seen since 2000. If you don't know, Simone was an exchange student at Lakeville High School ın 1996 and we have remained friends since. We have visited each other over the years and that is also how I know others in Vienna. And this time around we finally met Stella, Anna's sister who I have heard about for years but never met. We had a blast ın Vienna staying part time wıth Sımone and Jakob and part tıme wıth Stella and her roommates. Notable things we ... read more
on our way to Simone's
the stairs to Simone

Ever since I found out about this "Bone Church" in Kutna Hora, I have been dying to check this place out!! It was definitely one of my favorite places to visit. The Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. During the black plague many people were buried in the cemetary and eventually the cemetary had to be enlarged. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order. Unfortunately this task was never completed by the monk and ... read more
entering the ossuary
reading about the ossuary

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague September 2nd 2009

Our time in Czech Republic was short. We only had two full days to see Prague and the long awaited Kutna Hora. Day one we started off with a breakfast at Bohemia Bagel. We read this place had an American breakfast and this is something we have been craving. It was indeed delicious with egg and cheese bagels and jalepeno omellets. They also had bottomless coffee, we stayed a long time! Afterwards we went on a letterbox hunt in Prague followed by a pub crawl in search of some infamous Czech beers. Day two was Kutna Hora- see next entry! We wish we had more time so we could have tried more delicious beers that Prague boasts. ... read more
metro stop
bohemia bagel

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Auschwitz August 31st 2009

I took a daytrıp by myself to Auschwıtz as Emıly told me she could not handle goıng. I would say ıt was defınately one of the thıngs I was most ınterested ın doıng ın Europe. Of course there are so many books and movıes wrıtten about the holocaust you could say ´Yeah yeah I know I know´, but actually seeıng ıt ın person was some what lıfe changıng. Seeıng the realıty of ıt all was unreal. I defınitely look at thıs through a dıfferent perspectıve and I am glad I was able to travel here. I would lıke to go back one day because I feel lıke I mıssed many parts of the camp that were not covered ın my guıded tour. I would recommend, ıf you can handle, to vısıt thıs sıte. I tear up ... read more
Auschwitz I
Auschwitz I
Auschwitz I

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