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Published: January 23rd 2010
Our bus from Olympos/Antalya arrived in Denizli in the late afternoon of the 22nd. The bus station was hectic with lots of men trying to get us on their buses to Pamukkale, which is a huge tourist destination. We chose one and it just so happened to be with a young guy representing the hostel we were staying at. Of course I pronounced it wrong and called it "Kayle Hostel" like the vegetable when it's really pronounced "Kah-lay". With our mutual misunderstanding, it took us like 3 minutes to realize we were both talking about the same hostel. It reminded me of how classic midwest I am. There was no need for him to recruit us b/c we had already made reservations through hostelbookers.com like we usually do. This hostel was only 4USD a night in the dorm room. Now, that's cheap!
The hostel turned out to be cheap for a reason. It was super dirty and I would wake up sometimes to people walking into our unsecure room at night. And our toilet paper would be missing the next morning, as well. Other than that, the guys who ran the hostel were super nice and we had the dorm room
to ourselves for the most part. They didn't have a kitchen so we had to eat out once a day and the restaurants we ate at were dirty, as well. One time at a pide place I reached for a napkin and a bunch of bugs came out of the dispenser. at another place, there were dead flies all over our table. gross. Until we discovered a gem of a restaurant called Lamuko's Lacanta. It's run by a Korean woman who makes delicious vegetarian fried rice. Her turkish husband's bus ticket office is next door to her restaurant and they live above both buildings. Often they would sit outside playing with the stray dogs and making pomegranate juice. They were really cute and I envied their lifestyle. Pamukkale has a huge amount of Korean tourists every year which was really interesting to us. And the turkish guys who ran our hostel spoke Korean b/c they had learned from their guests.
During our stay in Pamukkale, we obviously visited what it's known for. The Travertines! They are super awesome and we were there all day wading in the calcium pools. We also saw the ancient ruins of Hieropolis which was an
our fave restaurant in pamukkale
We departed Pamukkale on the 26th at 7pm on a dolmuş for Denizli. We had hoped to take a train from Denizli back to Istanbul b/c we met other travelers that raved about the turkish trains. However, the trains were temporarily not running on that route anymore. We showed up to the Denizli bus station 3 hours early for our bus b/c we didn't realize it was daylight savings time. When you are traveling, it often puts you out of touch with what's going on in the world! We were in seats 9 and 10 and braced for an overnight bus ride to Istanbul. I can't say we were looking forward to going back.
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