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Published: February 19th 2006
$4 a night for a bed in a cave. Not bad
Meraba (hello in turkish)
For the last couple of days I felt liek I was living with Barney Rubble and the whole gang. My 11 hour bus ride was worth it. I checked into my "Cave Hostel," where for $4 a night I got a reasonably nice bed. I decided to not waste any time and take the full day tour even though I had only slept about 3 hours on the bus.
Though I was extremely tired the tour was well worth it. It gave me a really nice over view of the Cappadocia area which is massive and consists of like 12 different cities. We visited this crazy underground city that wen 6 stories underground. It was complete with a venitlation system and even a winery. These caves have been used for over 1500 years and have been lived in by 3 different groups of people including the Byzantines, the Romans and some other group.
We also visited a smaller version of the grand canyon call the Ihala Valley. I hiked up into the walles of the valley and expored 1000 year old churches built into the walls of the valley complete with frescos on the
After exploring the caves I thought it ws time to leave when I found a bone...yeah umm good bye
wall of jesus and his deciples.
The next day I decided to do a bit of hiking. I decided to do a long 12 kilmoter hike through the different valleys. I got a bit lost and ended up trecking through all these different underground caves. Continuing my steak of being the worst hiker ever I didn't bring water, of food or a flashlight. As the worst hiker ever I felt it was my responsibility to treck into the underground caverns dug thousands of years ago and use my camera's flash as a flashlight. I would take a picture using the flash and then us the picture as my guide. After the third of fourth tunel I decided that I had had enough and escaped death too many times so I turned around. On my way out I discoverd a freaking bone. If I wasn't already scared that did the job and I picked up my pace as i trecked towards the right direction in the valley. The hike was amazing I passed yellow valleys (honey valley) white valley and love valley (red valley) it was crazy...
I spent two more days here exploring all the valleys I could
Nope just some "fairy chineyes." These take 30 million years to make. I asked the tour guide "why did peope makd them?" Silly Adam they are natural.
easily have stayed here another week. I even booked a hot air balloon ride but didn't realise that my plane was leaving today and almost forgot to get back to istanbul..Oops. ..but after a nother 12 hour bus ride I am back in Istanbul. We leave tonight for Cairo where we'll meet up with Gadi and Addie. Can't wait
It's still Ramadan or Ramazan as they call it here. To quote a famous philosopher Lloyd West about the end of Ramadan, "I can imagine Turkish couples around the country waiting around naked with a unlit cigarrette in one hand a doner kebab in the other waiting for fast to break." haha
Lloyd also recently had a run in with a scam artist from Turkey. The guy brought lloyd to a bar oredered a round and then pretended to not know that beers cost 300 dollars a piece...yeah a piece. Luckily lloyd was smart and hid is credit card....few
Off to Cairo wish me luck
Gule Gule (bye bye in Turkish)
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