Gonluferah Thermal Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Cekirge
... all of its oil and coal. Even in Istanbul the air is clean. All members of the tour group have commented on the cleanliness of Turkey, with no rubbish beside the roads and very little graffiti. Laundromats are rare as apartments commonly have washing machines, but no dryers. Clothes lines are strung across the balconies of apartments. The outside of apartments look unkempt, but I suspect the interiors are much better.
... shifty looking local sidles up to me and says "How big your shoe?". UK13/EUR47 I say. Wow says he. They're big says he. Indeed they are say I and will be painful if you try to rob me.
Final lunch in the hotel courtyard and retrieve bag from storage. Am told it'll be out front so exit and wait for my taxi. The doorman says "Bursa?" Yes. "Ferry?" Yes. "Your taxi's there, Sir". But where's my bag. "Your bag is in the ...
... back into the abstraction that I was mired in upon my arrival in this country. And oh, why not. It's been a while. When I smelled that first foreign air, I had to confront questions that burned away whatever romantic ideas of travel and living abroad I had previously held. Such unnecessary clothing draped the reality of what I saw, and they have thankfully fallen away.
Naturally, such a sentence evokes some connotation ...
... up to a sizeable and varied meal. Similar to tapas in a way. Afterward, we went to a bar called KAT-3 (pronounced kaht ooch) and I had the sheer joy of witnessing a Turkish rock band cover Bon Jovi and Metallica.
A note on drinking and culture in Turkey, or perhaps more locally, Bursa. People drink, but people aren't "supposed" to drink. Culturally it's not the most accepted thing, and apart from the bars and beyond the age range of 18 - 30 ...
... to the surest thought. This is feeling your core being turned inside out, kneaded, and contorted, and transformed. Into what you are not sure, but you know that you've never been so far from stagnant in your life.
Where does one draw their strength from? Maybe self reliance isn't so resilient a safety net. I'd say a far stronger weave comes from the fibers of family, of friends - of anyone who had faith in you when you didn't and ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility