A Change of Scenery

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

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Duygu Pension

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Woke up to the sun shining and a wonderful Turkish breakfast over-looking the harbor of Fethiye, Turkey. Daniel and I arrived in Fethiye late in the evening and by chance found Duygu Pension to crash for the night. Accessing our time frame over breakfast we handed over our laundry to the wife of the owner and made our way to the harbor to do some exploring.

Fethiye is a moderate size fishing town on the southern coast of Turkey with one of the most picturesque beaches in Turkey only a few kilometers away. At first this was going to be our destination for the day, but as we walked along the harbor we spotted a boat advertising a 4 day/3 night boat cruise all along the islands off Fethiye. Hopping on board I inquired about the cruise and price. Feeling overly convince this was what we wanted to do, we kept walking and discussed it over lunch.

Being in Turkey only a few hours, I already noticed a huge change from Greece. The call for prayer 5 times a day and mosques around every corner created a new atmosphere. More noticeable though, were the people and how they made a huge difference in the present moment. I immediately flashed back to India with all the stares and random "Hello" and "Where are you from" comments. I found it refreshing to be amongst this friendly mayhem again.

We sat down for lunch at this small, off the beat track, restaurant behind the harbor of Fethiye. Immediately, I made a connection with the server and cook behind the counter. Asking questions about this new cuisine I was encountering, they took to my curiosity with much enthusiasm. Before I knew it Daniel and I were getting free food left and right, trying new things and even getting in the kitchen to make Turkish pizza. We finished off this wonderful meal with Turkish coffee and a few photos with the cook and server. Then we made our way back toward the harbor to see it here were any other cruises for a better deal or of more interest. Walking along the fishing boats Daniel and I met some fisherman and their local catch of Tuna. Daniel started chatting up one man about fishing while I was invited over for some Turkish Tea with some other fisherman. Of course Daniel just laughed at how much attention I was getting, but I just marveled in the culture and conversation around me.

Not much deliberation was needed on what we would do for the next few days. Waking back to Before Lunch Boat Cruise, we boarded Zafer-K and said, "When do we set sail?" Tomorrow morning we would be sailing the open waters for 4 days, didn't know where the captain would take us and didn't care. Daniel could fish and I was making a dream of mine come true... Sail the Mediterranean!
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