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... in there, the owners got us Turkish coffee and alcohol free wine, for no extra cost, as a bonus for shopping with them. This is the sort of service you need everywhere, they also gave me a free candle holder with the traditional Turkish artwork of a Tulip from the Ottoman empire. Very nice people, after this we walked around the city outside the castle, after this we stopped for coffee in a very nice coffee shop, then we ...
... about 150 years old). Shortly after 0800hrs a young lad enters and disappears to the courtyard. A few minutes later and by now it's 0810hrs and having been told by the girl last night that it'll take at least 30mins to the bus station but depends on traffic it could be one of those trips that gets a little bit tight for time. The bloke who'd served beakfast appears and says, "OK - let's go" and promptly lugs my rucksack to his car. We speed through the city listening to the ...
... sect of Islam, this group of 8 to 10 million people get no recognition or subsidy for their mosques like the Sunni and Shiites. Muslims as a rule put their religion first and nation second, but the Sufi we are told are opposite yet they still get no govt recognition
We arrived in Cappadocia with enough time to visit the Fairy chimneys which are the best preserved of the pillars of weathered tufa rock which have caps of basalt. Basalt erodes more slowly ...
... to go to a Hamam that time and we settled for the second "best thing" - smoking narghile and playing backgammon. Sasha and Dasha just wanted to try hookah and they did it the way locals do. Our pipe was melon flavored. Sasha learned to play backgammon - it turned out to be much easier than chess. Despite his lucky dice he lost. However, the game is not about winning or losing. No wonder why life in Turkey is so stress free!
Until next time,
... and decided it wasn’t the city’s fault. It also wasn’t it’s fault that I was tired and grumpy. I gave the place a chance and from then on it seemed to treat me ok. I made my way back to the hotel and got some cheap cans of Efes from across the road, beer wasn’t cheap overall, nowhere near as cheap as doners but I suppose a muslim country would rather have people eat ten doners than drink ten pints. Back to my room and mmmm....sleep ...