Eating as much as humanly possible

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Hotel Yunus

Flag of Turkey  , Gaziantep,
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We left Kahta to transfer to our last stop in Turkey: Gaziantep. This is the third largest city in the country and it was nice to be back in the hustle and bustle of a modern city. After driving around the block where our hotel was no less than 5 times due to tricky one-way streets and furious taxi drivers, we did finally manage to make it to the front door and we checked in. Then it was mission for food time.

Gaziantep is known as the baklava capital of the world, but I also quickly found out it was VERY cheap here to get lots of good food so I got a bit out of control. First I had a meat donair for 1.50 and found a piece of baklava. Then we walked by one of the best smoothie shops in Gaz so of course I had to try an Atom smoothie: Pistachio, raisins, honey, bananas, other random fruits. Super tasty. Only 2 dollars. Then I took a walk down to the Turkish baths. It was still afternoon so only women were allowed and men could only go after 6pm. Dually noted. I then walked with Carly to the mosaic museum. Got a bit lost. Found it. Walked through in less than 15 minutes, although even though I rushed through it, I thought it was pretty cool. On the way back to the hotel, I stopped for a 65 cent chicken donair. So good. I am in love with street food. I take a nap. I find the internet and fire off a few emails and the like. I find one of the best baklava shops in Gaz (which makes it one of the best in the world) and I manage to convince them to let me buy one piece even though they were sold out and the rest of the supplies they had were spoken for. I enjoy said piece of baklava. Hungry, I want more food. 

It is almost dinner time! Perfect. We were going to go to a fancy donair restaurant but it is full up so we have to make other arrangements. I order a fat chicken donair from their takeaway window. They put double the meat that is normal for most donair places. More fantastic taste. I find more baklava at rock-bottom prices and buy a full container of it. Oh whats this? Some dondurma ice cream at a street vendor. Thanks, I'll have some of that please. I am full.

How does one celebrate their last night and a great time in Turkey? Turkish baths. Me and a few of the lads head down the road to the Hamam and on the way I see some more ice cream I want. Why not, I've already gone overboard today. The baths were nice, it was quite crowded with lots of hairy Turkish men, but it was an interesting experience. It is really quite gross but at the same time quite amusing when you see how much dead dirty skin they scrape off of you. It feels so wonderful to be super clean after it is all over. I'm tired out from the long day (of eating) and head straight to bed when I get back to the hotel.

Big day tomorrow at the Syrian border. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

-js, baklava enthusiast.
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