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Travel Blogs from Izmir
... it’s quieter, more shade, but they are allocated ticket times and that’s that. His archaeology was so important to this visit, he really made the site come alive for everyone.
Ephesus was the most crowded city in the ancient world according to Hadrian’s census in the 2nd century with 190,000, Rome had 160,000 – and this was just counting men, not women, children or slaves, so you would multiply that by maybe ...
... too; they also had *****. But it was interesting to see something like that in a country that had a very religious and conservative value system clouding above the nation. So in a way, it was nice to see that a 150kg man wearing a wig and latex can stand on the curb selling himself. And some of the others had tight hips…day-um!
Eventually we met up with a group of our host’s friends, sat at a pub, and proceeded to drink and talk. ...
... magically took whatever I had. I learned this from watching other bargainers but it worked for us. We walked back onboard with exactly 1 Lira coin on us!! HAHA My new pants (I bought two pair today for a total of 10 Lira) are hanging on our clothesline (in the shower, I had washed them already) as I write this and Kamie's jacket is hanging in his closet. I told Kamie we are DONE shopping for this trip... two cannolis in Sicily is all we can afford! HA
... Homer may be on the curriculum.
So, off we went to another building and did the rounds scanning for Tatev among the students who were busy drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and writing exams. We spotted a faculty member who confessed to being an English Literature teacher in the department. She summoned another fellow faculty and asked about Tatev and Homer. They had heard of Homer but Tatev (give me wings!) did not ring a bell. Neither of them had any ...
... we walked through back streets to find the ancient Agora of Smyrna, Izmir's original incarnation. We found it surrounded on three sides by tall, modern concrete buildings and on the fourth side a run-down flight of steps with weeds growing in their cracks. Guarded by high mesh fences, locked by large rusty padlocks, it seemed as if the Agora was shut away and to an extent forgotten about. Some pristinely new-looking renovation on the pillars bordering the central square suggested ...
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