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... it we spotted about 10 kids sitting on a large rock to our right. They noticed us and started saying something neither in English or Turkish. In true English teacher fashion Steve asks, "English?" The clutch of boys chatted for a little while amongst themselves as we continued walking. One boy caught up to us, "Closed," he said and put up two fingers in a cross. "Catholic, um um close," he kept saying. I went up to talk with ...
... but overall it's been much more enjoyable. During the second half of the trip the miles came easily and İ can see how, with additional time and money, it would be perfectly possible to cycle round the world. İn fact with our current (but rapidly diminishing) levels of fitness and 3400 miles under the belt we're on a good platform to do it! - another time maybe...
The next chapter of life in Antakya as English teachers awaits.
... dug by the apostle as a place for the early Christian community, the grotto may just represent the very first Christian church. Crusaders captured Antioch in 1098 on their way to the Holy Land and built the stone screen wall in front of the cave. In 1863 Pope Pius IX asked Capuchin monks to restore it, which they did. The forecourt of the church and some parts of the interior were used as a cemetery at times.
Today the church is a museum.
... to the counter of a competitor company, bought a ticket for a bus leaving in ten minutes, marched back to the idiot who can't point to a bus and tore up the ticket. It was really irrational and the trip ended up costing me double because there was never going to be a refund and as I sat on the bus I realised that poor old guy was only doing his job - just selling bus tickets. As to who was in the wrong - who knows. Sure - it's a major bus terminal and many tourists who ...
... in Syria. Currently none of the Patriarchs of Antioch are in Antioch, they are in Syria in or near Damascus.
I got a ride to Kayseri, the main city in Cappadocia, from a worker at the bus company; the drive was about one hour. From Kayseri the bus took seven hours, making stops along the way. It was mainly through mountains, which reminded me of Colorado.
Met a cool guy on the bus, Lutfi, who learned English by playing Worlds ...
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