Pools of Emptiness
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Able to arrange this trip through our hostel. So far we've only camped one night in Turkey! Pensions are very affordable and come with amazing breakfasts. Hard to pass up over sitting in the dark in a damp tent all night. Also, this way we're in a town and can enjoy a bit of a night life rather than falling asleep at 7pm since it's gets dark so early. It's working so far. We'll see how things continue.
Boarding our bus, Brian had little confidence in our driver. I couldn't figure out why at first, but after catching a glimpse of him in the rear-view mirror I could see what Brian was talking about. His eyes looked in both directions at the same time! Well, I thought, at least he's got good peripheral...He also seemed to have an affinity for running red lights. But like Greece, I don't think the lights mean too much considering that driving on the opposite side of the road is a frequent occurrence!
With a guide who loved the sound of his own voice and frequently talked in different tangents, it was enough to keep us occupied for the trip!
But I must say, after staring at countless gorgeous pictures of blue brimming pools, I was a little disappointed. Everything had been drained in efforts to recoup vast amount of damage done in the 80's (when roads ploughed through the landscape, hotels were perched on top, and people swam everywhere). They are attempting to help the pools rebuild themselves. Still, it didn't stop people from walking out and allowing their children to make 'snowballs' out of the calcium build-up.
I have been looking forward to Turkey for the 'untouched' and 'no boundaries' type of places to explore. But it's easy to see how that can quickly destroy a natural area when filled with people who don't care.
Still an amazing thing to see. And all around are the ruins of Hierapolis. Greeks and then Romans possessed this great plateau with expansive views and 'healing waters' and created a