Getting Stiffed in Selcuk
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Here carpet salesmen (the first we've seen) woo you with cay, backgammon and pleasant conversation while trying to get you to buy a carpet.
Men in the street tell you stories of their archaeological career and try to sell you ancient coins they've found at Efes. Authentic, but the museum doesn't want them - they have too many already. Good price.
Water pipes are 1/2 price - just for you! And include free carrying case and tobacco.
Every restaurateur calls to you in the street while you pass by, and all of the menus are in English.
Walk up to a ruin and you're mobbed by people trying to sell you guides and postcards.
"Tip Boxes" are everywhere and are clearly marked in English.
You can even pay for things in Euro (however, the price is significantly hiked for those travelers).
What is NOT touristy about this? I have to wonder what the travelers who are looking for 'touristy' places are really looking for?
Tried to get away from some of the hype by going to the local bazaar. Wandering among the 100's of stalls selling a plethora of fruits and vegetables while locals did their weekly shopping was refreshing. But even when we started looking for clothing there were calls from the shops and pushy sales tactics.
We had a great time going through the museum and seeing some interesting sites. As well, the food's still amazing here and we've had the chance to sample many different dishes and even try some raki! However, the adventures of choosing food at a place where you cannot read the menu or speak with the waiter will need to wait a few more days.