Turkey's Marbella?

Trip Start Nov 15, 2007
Trip End Jan 03, 2008

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

And...more adventures from Turkey...

Actually, I am very pleased with the way this leg of the trip has turned out! Joe and I left Marmaris in the morning and got a bus to a town called Aydin. The bus ride was so nice--the bus was clean and like Portugal, there was a steward dressed in a bow-tie who served us snacks and, my favorite, NesCafe. From Aydin, we hopped onto a minibus and rode an hour to Kusadasi.

Kusadasi is another tourist town on the Turkish coastline. Many Americans, Irish and English go there for short holidays, or own summer homes. In Kusadasi, there is a little bazaar area, restaurants, and a ton of bars on Bar Street--all closed. Joe and I walked around and saw a little bar that had "Cead Mile Failte" (Irish for "One Hundred Thousand Welcomes", over the tour, and a Turkish guy our age came outside. "Well," the guy said, "where are youse from?" He had a perfect Irish accent. Joe said, "I'm from Ireland, and she's American." "Well, why don't youse come in for a beer? It's no bother at all! Do youse like Guinness?" I thought we had seen it all... Anyway, Joe and I sat in the little pub with Smiley (the guy who came outside), his young, Irish wife and their four month old daughter. There was also an older Englishman who was telling Joe and I that Kusadasi is Turkey's Marbella because it's a more upscale crowd, etc. I will have to report that Kusadasi is nowhere near Marbella at all. The young girl was busy pushing the baby back and forth in the stroller. I asked her how long she had been in Kusadasi and she said a year-and-a-half. So, four-month-old child, plus nine months equals a three-month-long holiday and then a major bummer! Oh well, she said that she would never live anywhere else. Smiley said, "Our baby is Irish and Turkish, so she's Turish!" Get me out of here. Oh, and not only did Smiley have a great Irish accent, he also could speak Irish phrases. Not so bad!

Later, we went back to the hotel to chill out, and the next day, we were so lucky to have great weather! Sunny, but chilly. So long as it wasn't raining, I was happy! We walked around a did some shopping at the little tourist shops. We even came across a goat tied up. Later that night, I had a nice massage downstairs, but Joe had to miss out because he couldn't have a woman therapist, so he went upstairs to sulk.

Today, we left Kusadasi on the bus and headed up to Izmir to have a day before our early morning flight out.
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