Compulsive Conversation Re-enforcement Disorder

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Today is our last day in Istanbul before we head to Hungary (via Sophia, Bulgaria) so we decided to try one of the traditional Turkish baths, a Hamman. We wandered around for a while trying to find one that wouldn't break the bank. So often on this trip we have found that as soon as a tourist boom hits a town, city or country, they go crazy and jack the prices up at least 100%. Obviously we don't really want to pay too much more than the locals so we end up searching around for a more reasonably priced place. Sometimes this quest is justified by an exciting adventure but other times we end up wishing we had paid more for the tourist experience. That's the risk we take and this time unfortunately Rick got the rough end of the stick. Megan enjoyed a wonderful Turkish Hamman where she had a full body scrub followed by the coolest bubble bath wash ever. Basically they take what looks like a pillow case with a bar of soap in it. They wet, then blow air into, the pillow case and when they squeeze it, billions of bubbles come out through the material. They scrub you down, covering you in bubbles then give you a massage. It felt absolutely awesome! Whilst she was working the lady was singing a Turkish song (probably scrub a dub dub). Megan's experience was very different to Rick's though. After about an hour of being scrubbed and massaged Megan wandered out to find Rick dressed and ready to go even though he had entered about 10 minutes after her. Turns out he was a little ripped off and didn't get the full experience instead being dowsed in water, rubbed down and given a quick massage. He only got a few bubbles and a quick wash but no scrub at all. The massage guys were in a rush as their lunch had been served just as it was Rick's turn.

After our bath we headed to the Grand Bazaar for a few last minute gifts before catching an overnight bus to Sophia, Bulgaria. We managed to sleep a little bit but unfortunately had a guy sitting behind us who we discovered was suffering, what we like to call, Compulsive Conversation Re-enforcement Disorder. He and the guy beside him had a continuous conservation for at least four hours which consisted of:

Turkish guy: "So have you been traveling long?"
CCRD guy: "Yeah yeah yeah - yeah........ yeah yeah yeah"

Turkish guy: "Do you like Turkey?"
CCRD guy: "Yeah yeah yeah - yeah........ yeah yeah yeah"

Turkish guy: Can you say anything other than yeah?
CCRD guy: Yeah yeah yeah - yeah........ yeah yeah yeah
(Well he didn't say that but we definitely wanted to know the answer)

Status of Rick's hair: Still wearing his cap.
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