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Travel Blogs from Ankara
After my disastrous first 24 hours of Turkey, I needed to update this blog with a little more positivity. To be honest, I probably lost a load of you at the 4th time I said I had cried... But to those of you still with me, here's some proof that Turkey isn't as bad as I first experienced.
I woke at 11am, and immediately felt better. I didn't even hear the call to prayer at 3am. Or the one at 5, or 7, etc.
... Kirk Douglas'.
There isn't a lot left of Hattusha, the ancient capital of the Hittites, mostly just stone outlining the bases of buildings. We first visit Yazilikaya, an interesting holy site that consists of wall carvings in a narrow grotto. One character looks a lot like the modern concept of a wizard, with high coned hat and shoes with pointy toes that curl up.
We head further uphill to the ancient Lion Gate. Only one ancient lion is in attendance. ...
... coast. If I remember correctly our destination is Bodrum and then Izmir, both coastal towns.
My lectures have been extremely interesting. Course work thus far usually surrounds the political economy of Turkey, with a heavy emphasis on how Turkey views the European Union. One of my favorite lectures this week was held in a sub-sector of the U.N., the Food & Agriculture office (FAO), here in Ankara. Meeting with accredited policy-makers and ...
... restaurants and searched out live music. It was all great fun, but it made me blatantly aware of my need to learn Turkish fast. My French doesn't help at all. Very few people speak English in the capital city (The front desk staff at the hotel would only have an English speaker on duty from time to time).
I'd like to share a little about Ankara and some of the things I've learned. Istanbul (Constantinople) was the original capital of the Byzantine ...
... was about 9.30am. We went into the embassy to discover that no, they wouldn't give us visas, and there was little we could do about it, despite Lucinda, our rather feisty tour leader putting up a good fight. Eventually they agreed to take our details and send a special request to Islamabad for approval, fingers crossed.
We walked down into the town for a bit of lunch with Nikki the Aussie and ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed