Exploring the Ancient Ruins of the Hittites

Trip Start Jun 19, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Ankara,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Just a short blog entry for this day, as I'm falling behind and need to catch up. Our Turkish friends graciously drove us to Ankara from Corum so that we could catch our overnight bus to Cappadocia, and, along the way, they even took us to see the ruins of Hattusa, the capital of the very ancient Hittite civilization (existed around 4000 yrs ago, dating back to 1750 BC). The Hittite civilization was established during the Bronze Age, though the Hittites were the forerunners of the Iron Age. Hattusa is now an UNESCO world heritage site. (I am a total history nerd, so of course I absolutely loved this! These are definitely the oldest ruins I have ever seen!).

We arrived in Ankara in the evening and had dinner together. Zati then drove us to the bus station where we waited for our bus to Cappadocia. Our bus departed Ankara at 1:45am and arrived in Avanos (village in Cappadocia) at 5:30am. Although traveling by bus is cheaper than flying and traveling by night "saves us daylight hours", Dennis and I are a bit sleep deprived from these overnight bus trips!
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