Dedeman Konya Hotel & Convention Center
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It's been a wonderful last weekend here in Turkey! I finally got some time to get out and see the local area of Konya with the help of our wonderful interpreter! It's sad to have lived in a place for weeks but not really seen any of it besides the route to and from work so I'm glad that we got to remedy that!
We began in the village of Sille which in the early history of Konya served as a fairly ...
... before the Pergamene kingdom was bequeathed to Rome. Some ancient sources speak of Iconium as part of Phrygia until the Roman period (e.g. Xenophon), while other sources (e.g. Cicero, Strabo, Pliny) refer to Iconium as part of Lycaonia.
During the Roman period, Iconium was one of the chief cities in the southern part of Galatia and might have been part of the Phyrgian region as well at times. Being at a major crossroad with the King's Road and being in the ...
... and how the culture generally operates. Don't get me wrong. Denominational churches are not completely bad; I am simply pointing out an infectious thought-process that occurs within them.
When a tradition infiltrates an organization (like a church) on a very deep level, that organization becomes defined by that tradition, and therefore, in order for that tradition to continue, the exact system of beliefs and teaching must be perpetuated. But when people say ...
... reckoned this was worthy of deep respect, if not a medal.
After the mountains, we hit the plain, where they grow sugar beet.
Osman was right. It was flat and bursting with nothing.
Konya was the next stop, where we had lunch. I have no idea what some of the dishes were, but I am learning what to avoid. On the 'not needed on voyage' list are all the puddings, as they are unbelievably sweet, stodgy or sappy and pretty tasteless.
Ikonium was one ...
... to the land of Turkomans passing through Erzurum and Tabriz and from the Black Sea region to Iraq via Amasya - Tokat - Sivas - Malatya - Diyarbakir at a distance of 30-40km, a one day camel trek.
From the caravanserai we then headed to Cappadocia where we will rest for the day in preparation for the hot air balloon ride the next morning. Yippeeee :)