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September 21st 2011
Published: October 4th 2011
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After the balloon flight it was a quick breakfast and pack back at Walnut House and onto the bus for our trip to Konya,( 3 hours) we had broken the journey at Konya so as not to be doing too long a bus trips in one day.

The Otogar at Konya is a reasonable distance out of town but there is a tram service to the city centre so that made it easier, but still can be difficult to know what stop to get off etc.

Konya is said to be one of the most conservative Muslim cities in Turkey and I had read that most worman would be fully scarved, this didnt appear to be the case.

After getting off the tram at what seemed to be the right place we stopped to read the Lonely Planet to work out in what direction to go.

A young man in his twenties approached me and asked if he could help, he spoke perfect English, by now we had been getting used to trust these wonderful people , every person that has approached us to help has been genuine and only want to help a traveller.

He said he would take us to the Hotel we were staying at, We chatted as we walked towards the hotel which was about 15 minutes away, he was studying English and planned to become an English teacher.

All this time I noticed that we were being followed rather closely by someone, As it went on for some time I glanced back and saw that it was a woman, she just smiled at me.

So I asked our friend if he knew we were being followed, he laughed and said "It's OK, its just my Mum, I was meant to be taking her to the bank she is used to this, I do it all the time"

He dropped us at Hotel Ulusan. Later that day we visited the Mevlana Musem dedicted to the Whirling Dervishes a lodge that was banned by Ataturk when he came to power.







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9th October 2011

Konya
Hi Sheryl and Murray Ainslee is forwarding your emails to me I am enjoying reading about your travels Hope The ankle is getting better and not hindering you too much. Everything good with us , still helping my sister with her shifting See you soon Dixx

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