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Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

so today was an interesting day...last night I had a headache & took a sleeping pill with my migraine medicine, slept through my wake-up call and only woke when housekeeping came to check the mini-bar (20 minutes prior to departure) so... I quickly threw everything into my luggage & placed outside the room (per the procedure) checked out at the front desk & grabbed an orange and cup of tea from the breakfast buffet. About an hour after departure, our guide received a call from the hotel that they had luggage left behind (mine of course) so we had to wait for taxi to bring to us. Tribute to Turkish courtesy, the manager/owner of the petrol station where we were parked waiting, gave everyone a gift. p/s did I mention due to my tardiness, I was forced to sit in the front row?? so, you cannot sleep in the front row, the guide is sitting beside you and talking constantly- if not to the group then he is talking to the driver (noisy) but I learned a lot. We discussed social welfare system and politics and traditional arranged marriages etc. it was fascinating...maybe I will sit in the front more often?
so today we traveled along the ancient "silk road" toward Konya. The landscape did the weather, now we have snow. They do not grow olives and oranges here now it is sugar beet, cherries, wheat & barley. Further east, grapes for wine etc. We drove past/through Laodicea (new testament gospel of Luke, luke warm...spit you out) an Colassia (Paul's letter to the Colassians) Also, travertine & marble quarries. Lunch in the town of Dinar, famous for yogurt, honey and poppy. (opum and regular version) Mix the honey and poppy seed into the yogurt for delicious snack. The yogurt here is thicker than in USA. Even thicker than sour cream for example. Takes getting used to, but now I like it very much.
p/s maybe you are curious what have I been eating? Every breakfast has yogurt, honey, tomatoes, olives and white cheese. Every lunch/dinner has kebab (chicken, lamb or beef), rice pilav and I forget the turkish word but is basically a meatball. Also always pasta, usually spaghetti but sometimes macaroni. My favorite is goulash (sp?) which is mixture similar to stew. Meat, carrot, peas maybe potatoe.
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