|Dried up calcium pools|
|The Library- Ephesus|
|An Ephesus LEGO ;)|
From here, Rachel went back to Istanbul to prepare for the school semester and I continued southeast to the beach town Kaş (pronounced “cash” with a British accent). The town looks much like Fethiye (I went there the beginning of my trip-see previous post) except with bigger mountains. I stayed very active on this portion of the trip. The first day I went on an hour and a half hike along a path from town to a cove down the way and saw ruins carved into the cliffs and crumbling stone structures. I spent to rest of the day relaxing on a beach and swimming in the crystal clear water and took a boat back to town.
The next day I went scuba diving. I had heard such great things about
diving in Kaş, but I was actually a bit disappointed because there really
wasn’t much to see. I did se an
Octopus on my second dive, which was neat, and I got a good refresher since I
haven’t dived in 3 years. The next
day I went on a kayaking trip to see the sunken city. The sunken city was really more like cliff-side ruins,
revealing the part of the city that hadn’t fallen into the encroaching water,
not Atlantis but still very interesting. The
landscape and the ruins on the shores were incredibly beautiful. The final day I just beached it, which
was enjoyable and relaxing. This
was my first completely solo trip, and while I would rather travel with another
person, it wasn’t too bad on my own.
I did have some trouble meeting people at my hostel because the
remaining tourists this late in the season are mostly old European couples, but
I managed to make friends with 3 young people from France, Spain, and
Turkey. I got a lot of Spanish
practice with them seeing as our most shared language was Spanish. It’s pretty cool to think that I was
able to use my language skills to make friends with these people that I
otherwise would not even be able to communicate with. Hopefully I will reach such a point in Turkish too.
|View of Kaş from the sea|
|Hike to the port|
|Castle near Kaş|
|Ruins of the rebuilt the Sunken City|
From Kaş I took a night bus to Ankara. I have to say that even though the roads are much better in Turkey, the night buses that I experienced in South America were way better than the ones here. I didn’t sleep much because the guy behind me was blasting ACDC on his headphones so loud that I could hear the words and he kept resting on the back of my chair and elbowing me in the head, the woman next to me had a six year old on her lap who was, by default, also on my lap. With that, and the screaming babies and people with terrible coughs all kept me up except for a couple precious hours of the 12 hour ride. I survived though, and I was rewarded with a great visit with our family friends, the Smalls, who recently moved to Ankara. I also visited an old family friend who I last saw when I was 7. We mostly hung around and chatted, but one day we went to Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Ataturk is the former prime minister and father of modern Turkey. He is nearly a god in Turkey. There are statues and pictures of him everywhere, children pray for him in school, and a criticism against him is extremely offensive to many Turks. Of course, his Mausoleum was an extravagant sight. We also went to the castle and did some shopping in the winding streets around it that look like they have stepped back in time.
I finished up my last 2 days in Istanbul soaking up the city’s beautiful views, doing some final souvenir shopping, and spending some quality time with my uncle and my friends. I had such a good trip, and so many people to thank for making it wonderful. Thanks everyone for following along with me. Tad and I are planning on writing a blog together starting soon. Check it out at http://yellowmonkeytales.blogspot.com/