Aegean Coast

Trip Start Apr 22, 2005
Trip End Jul 31, 2005

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven't been updating more frequently, but we have been very here and the internet access is not as good as I had hoped. Inger and I are making our way down the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey. We have been through Canakkale, Troy and are now in Selcuk near the ancient ruins of Ephesus. So far everything is going well with few communication problems. Today we took a side trip to the tiny mountain village of Sirince. While there we got WAY off the beaten path and found a little "restaurant" on a hill just out of town.

While walking on a dirt road we saw a hand written sign for gozleme (waffle/crepe things they serve in Turkey) and decided to follow it. The sign led us up a hill on a path that no car could have taken to a little terraced area with a small vegetable garden, a tractor and a small shack with some tables and chairs outside (how quaint). As we approached we saw 3 women sitting the shack having tea and conversing. They saw us and two of the women stood and said their goodbyes while the other came out to greet us. The communication was a little difficult at first but the woman was very nice and patient and eventually we were able to order 2 potato gozlemes and 2 teas. The husband came home with some fried bread soaking on honey from the market and these were offered to us as well for no charge. We had a very peaceful wonderfully delicious lunch overlooking the olive groves and vineyards of the surrounding hills. After we were done eating the couple helped us practice our Turkish some (I tried out my "thank you" and "what a lovely day"). They actually had very nice color photo business cards for their place (amazing since the food was cooked outside in a shack with no floor). I had brought some Texas postcards with me and presented one to them which they immediately began pointing out the Turkish word for longhorn! Before we left they posed for a picture with Inger and asked us to send them a copy and gave us their address (I'm sure we will follow through on this hopefully before we leave Turkey, I just need to find a printer). After many more thank yous and goodbyes Inger and I had to run to catch our bus back to Selcuk. I wish we could have stayed a bit longer but the road awaits us.

PS - I still haven't found a computer with USB ports to get my pictures off my camera but I promise as soon as I do I'll have tons of photos for you guys to look at.
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