We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto...

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Where can you get to customs ad not have enough money to pay for a Visa ad they let you walk into town to go to the bank to get some?

Where do you see shop owners playing backgammon in front of their stores?

Where is tea brought to your tent in the morning on a silver platter?

Where do you hear deafening calls to prayer blasted from nearby minarets?

Where do full sheep carcases hang in windows ready to be hacked apart?

Where does the main attraction in town cost $2 to view?

Where do huge dogs roam the street and chase you on your bike?

Where do you eat olives for breakfast?

Where can you talk to anyone on the street and they will help you with directions?

Where can you buy a kilo of freshly roasted pistachios for about $10?

Where do your write down your question and the person you're talking with takes the paper to his friend down the road for interpretation so you can continue your conversation?

Where do you smell burning coal for properly cooked tea?

Where do museums note prize artifacts with labels like:  'male statue', 'coins', and have dates of 'Roman Period'

Where do they set fire to your nostrils and ears as a part of a routine haircut and shave?

Where does the chef bring you additional dishes of their prize food to taste?

Where do you catch glimpses of old men smoking narghilè?

Where can you stay in a hotel for less than a cheap campground in the UK?

Where do you drink at least 10-12 cups of tea a day?

Where does the smell of delicious roasting donairs haunt you from back alleys?

Where do blacksmiths do all traditional work and make useful tools?

Where do spice shops abound and everything is sold in bulk?

Where do you get friendly waves and honks while cycling?

Where can you go into a shop to buy something they don't stock ad the shop owner runs out to get it for you from another shop?

Where do old men eat more mandarins than they sell?



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Anne-Marie on

Sounds wonderful.... do I assume you recommend it?

2totango on

Been great so far and I'm looking forward to experiencing more!

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