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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean September 2nd 2014

Poolside Selcuk Sept 2 2014 With all the hustle and bustle of visa applications and culinary adventures in Istanbul things have now chilled out. I guess we needed a holiday (sic) and Sigacik (pronounced Sur-a-juk) was a good place to start. It turned out to be a charming seaside cum fishing village mostly occupied by Turkish tourists from Izmir and beyond. The authorities have build a nice marina which was full of yachts and power boats. Our pension owner Chetin had a old 28 footer in the marina and he took us out for a sail with his mate, Ismail one afternoon. Chetin was a retired petroleum engineer (I think he is younger than me!) who had spent most of his life in Izmir and moved to Sigacik 5 years ago. As well as his 3 ... read more
Auctioneer selling off bass
Doing the deal
2000 year old cistern at Teos with lovely old olive tree in foreground

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum September 2nd 2014

I can't believe they charge you to use squat loos! 1tl to sit over a smelly hole is very steep in my book! The first coach stop on the way to Bodrum from Goreme was at 2am and I barely woke. Glyn got out to stretch his legs and get an icecream or two. Ice cream and soup is all he could eat, but at least he is eating now and with no bad results. The next stop was around 3am I think. I got out and was annoyed to pay 1tl to use what turned out to be squat loo, really they should be paying me! It turned out that all the service stations cost 1tl, they have you over a barrel really - and that might have been more comfortable. I slept off and ... read more
Glyn on our private boat
Aquarium Beach
Glyn in Bodrum

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 1st 2014

Today was another first: riding in a hot air balloon that landed directly on a trailer. I've ridden in two balloons before, once in South Africa and once over the Valley of Queens in Egypt. Both times the landing consisted in all passengers squatting below the basket rim level in crash positions, as the baskets was dragged and bumped along until they ground to a halt, rattling all bones in all bodies - I always enjoy that! But today in Cappadocia we landed gently and upright, on the trailer AND given a ladder to get in and out! (You usually have to scramble up over the wicker with tiny footholes.) I'd treated us to ballooning as it was something Glyn had never done, hoping it would perk up the holiday and although it was expensive, that's ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia August 31st 2014

What sounded like extreme weather came bursting through the bedroom window at around 6am this morning. I thought it was a massive wind-storm but it sounded weird and I just couldn't place it. The only solution was to look through the window and what I was confronted with was an invasion of hundreds of hot air balloons. I have never seen so many balloons, the whole town was covered at every angle, it was spectacular to see... and Glyn and I were very envious. I thought at first that Glyn seemed better as he managed to come out and photograph the balloons, but a toilet trip soon made us realise that things were still not good and we asked again if our hotel would let us stay an extra night. Glyn was still too poorly to ... read more
Bride at Goreme Ranch.
My lovely horse- Yildiz.

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir August 30th 2014

Welcome back to the chronicles of Eric, the Turkish Traveler! If you’ve been following my blog so far then you know that my life here has been pretty upbeat for the most part as I slowly venture through this foreign land. Well, I’m glad to report that my upward spiral continues as I now attempt to describe my newest adventure that has turned out to be both an awesome personal experience and an excellent career path for me in this city that the Turks call Beautiful Izmir! New Beginnings: Joining the EU No, not the European Union – Ege University baby! Since my last post I’ve been fortunate enough to become a member of Ege (Egg-Gay) University’s (EU) diverse and talented teaching staff and I simply couldn’t be happier! I absolutel... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia August 30th 2014

When we first arrived in Turkey, we never foresaw us being in the back of a pharmacy with Glyn face-down on the tatty sofa getting an injection. But that's part of the exciting unknown of foreign travel, right? The original plan for today was to hang out in Goreme for the day, take an overnight bus to Fethiye and then on to Olideniz for paragliding. But after another dreadful night, it was clear that Glyn could barely walk down the street, let alone sit on a long distance bus. And looking online, they say the buses have three toilet stops, in other words, no facilities onboard. Our hotel was able to let us stay an extra night, but the guy was vague when I asked about finding a doctor. I googled doctors in the area with ... read more
Glyn's dinner - boiled potatoes and grated cheese.

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik August 29th 2014

Ayvalik, Turkey August 28th 2014 “Zen teaches vigilant carelessness and detached involvement. In a more high-sounding phrase, it teaches transcendental ordinariness. In a simpler, more sympathetic phrase, it teaches nothing but ordinariness” Yoel Hoffman, The sound of the one hand I was back in Ayvalik again, the port of departure for Lesvos a week earlier, when I had reconnoitred this quaint old town as a place I would not mind spending some down time in. 'Down time' means just lolling around a place, getting a feel for it, getting to know where the best places to hang are (not too many and not too far from where one is staying), and becoming familiar with at least a few locals. That week before I had just spent one night on my way through to Lesvos, and couchsurfed ... read more
Best haulage mode for these streets
Business as usual
Market Day covered street

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia August 29th 2014

I'd not realised just how ill my husband was when writing last night's blog, but during the night it because quite clear, he was feverish as well has retching with a jippy belly. I thought he might need a doctor. However, I walked down to the pharmacy (getting into town only takes 10 minutes once you know the way) and the pharmacist despite saying he only knew a little english was very helpful. I'd say he knew a lot of english, enough to discuss all symptoms and I went back to our hotel with three boxes, each with hand written instructions. Glyn had not slept much in the night, so left him to sleep whilst I read. By midday I realised that he was not going to be able to get out and thought that at ... read more
Average sized doorway in Kaymakli.
One of the larger doorways in Kaymakli.

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 29th 2014

Sigacik August 29 2014 Our visa collecting in Ankara has gone better than we dared hope so we have headed for the seaside prior to meeting Jayne and Paul in Fethiya. In the case of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with support of Letters of Invitation obtained via Stan Tours we got the visas from the consulates in Ankara on the same day. The biggest challenge turned out to be paying them. I have written previously about the Usbek consulate experience. It was similar for Turkmenistan. This time there was no friendly Turk and we were sent of to find the "Ish" bank so we could directly into the consulate account. People on the street we asked told us where it was and we still could not find it at first. In fact we walked past it because ... read more
All manicured and ready to hit the road

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia August 28th 2014

When a stranger offers you a lift in a foreign country as you are standing on a street corner waiting for a bus, you can't help but be dubious. Is he really doing it just 'to be hospitable' or will he kidnap us? We could easily end up in tomorrow's news, or worse, a carpet shop. Thrift and curiosity surpassed common sense and I know that my parents will read this and give me a telling off when I get home. By the way, I've got a cat sitting on me as I type this. I'm sat on the terrace of my hotel, looking down on Goreme with a stray that loves me, but also seems to like my cream cheese crisps. He's also trying to stop my type, this is just like being at home ... read more
Trying to blog with help of friendly Turkish cat.
View from Cave Life Hotel, Goreme.
Goreme Open Air Museum.

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