The next day our ride picked us up at 11:00 and off we went to Goreme in the Cappadocia region. After about one hour of driving the driver asked if we wanted a toilet and explained in his very limited English that it was in a private house, nothing ventured nothing gained, so off we went. We drove a short distance off the road to a private house of no English speakers
. We sat and listened to them talk, at a nice house and garden with chickens. After a seemingly long period of time, I asked when we would be heading off again. The driver replied that we would go after tea. The family, as it turned out, was the driver's brother and sister-in-law, his mother, grandmother and either his father or his brother's father-in-law. They served a community lunch which we tried to enjoy. Jacqui going easy on food and I was beginning to feel a tad unsettled. They were very nice people who refused offers of compensation. After tea, we got back on the road for the long trip to Goreme, with me feeling sicker and sicker. When we finally caught up with the group we discovered around half our troop were also ill.
Goreme is in the heart of the Cappadocia area of Turkey and is filled with astonishing rock foundations. In earlier times the people built underground cities and homes in the caves. It has a fascinating beauty to it.
I immediately went to bed and took it easy for the rest of the day. Jacqui joined the tour and went off to a somewhat disappointing Whirling Dervish performance that was more mechanically than spiritually.
Jacqui is feeling much better, still wary but definitely on the rebound. We spent the night in Ankara in a hotel where no one spoke English, my Turkish is non-existent. I had a problem with the electronic key which I finally communicated to the front desk guys. One came up and he fiddled about and tried 6 or 8 times, finally got it to work once and basically stated that it was fine and left, at least I think that is what he said. Of course it wasn't fine and it never did open the damn door. Though with Jacqui spending the whole day in bed it was a manageable day.