Farewell to Crete, Hello Turkey

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Friday, May 25, 2007

After Chania Daniel and I packed up and headed west for Rethymno. Staying now in a youth hostel again, we had some adjusting to do, no more private bathroom! At this point we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do next. I had some ideas of local day trips in the area, but for whatever reason the two of us were getting bored with our surroundings.

Rethymno, although told it was a great place to be, seemed like all the other towns on Crete. Actually, Chania had more to offer than the usual beach and café life. Through observation, I found that having a car is the way to go on this island because the price for buses makes it hard to get around. We spent about 3 days in Rethymno going to a couple sites and spending a day at the beach.

The second night in Rethymno we were walking into the hostel when I looked through the window of the wall. I thought it was part of the hostel, but what I saw was a studio with a kiln in the corner. I was shouting to Daniel about it when the owner looked through the window and said come on by. I chatted him up for about an hour, learning that he is a 6th generation potter. He and his wife work together selling ceramics and are teaching their children the traditions they had learned. It was a fascinating conversation about the process of their works and the family heritage. This would be the best highlight of my time in Crete. It had been awhile since I had any inspiration since leaving Athens and the ruins.

Finally after much deliberation, Daniel and I figured out our next move. Needing a change in environment and culture, we hoped on the Friday ferry to Rhodes where we would get another ferry into the southern port of Turkey, Marmaris, and make our way north toward Istanbul. Spending three months in Hungary with Aras, a Turkish student, and his professor who came to visit, Turkey had been on my mind since I left the studio. Not wanting to travel there alone I found it a chance not to pass up since Daniel would be coming with me.

By the time you read this I will be setting foot on Turkish soil. I have 10 days left before I fly to Italy, so why not spend 9 in Turkey. Our plan is to take a bus up to Ephesus and then go east to these underground cities in the middle of Cappidocia, Turkey. Then make our way to Istanbul where I will fly out on the 4th of June. This adventure just keeps getting better and better. I much prefer the more rural eastern countries to predictable western countries.
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