Ephesus and Pumakkale

Trip Start May 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, September 9, 2006

The first morning in Selcuk I had to track down a bank! I was down to about 40 turkish lira and had to pay the balance for my hostel which was over 60 lira and was feeling a bit stressed again. I went for walk around town and couldnt find any banks. I stopped for breakfast at a local cafe that accepted credit card. The breakfast in Turkey isnt that exciting and consists of bread, cucumber, tomato, olives, cheese and tea. It turns out that breakfast was actually included at my hostel!! I walked back to the hostel to find that the banks were right behind my hostel and I had walked straight past them.

Now that I had some more money I was alot happier. Ephesus is about 3km from Selcuk and you can either catch a bus or walk. I was told it was a nice walk so I ended up walking there. It took about half an hour and it was shaded most of the way. Ephesus were the most impressive ruins I had seen so far in Turkey. I spent about an hour wandering around before heading back into Selcuk for some lunch. This time it was Turkey pizza (pide) and some beers. One beer for lunch turned into a long afternoon of drinking. I stopped briefly for some dinner and then continue on with the beers. I eventually made it back to the hostel and ended up chatting (or dribbling) with the hostel owners before going to bed.

The next day I went for a tour out to Pamukkale. It was a three hour bus trip to Pamukkale. On the bus, I met another Australian couple, a girl from Canada and some guys from America. We all got on really well and went out for dinner after the tour and a few beers, whilst watching a Turkish pop singer in concert. Before dinner a couple of us went for a Hamam or Turkish Bath. This was quite an intersting experience and involved being rubbed all over with an exfoliating glove by some turkish guy who decided to slap my ass as a joke and then being soaped down by another turkish guy. When we thought it was the end they took us to another room where they proceeded to walk over us and crack as many joints as they could. Suprisingly I actually felt pretty good afterwards. At Pamukkale there is more ruins and also natural springs. The cliffs are white from the calcium and the baths look spectacular with the white cliff back drop. Unfortuanely you werent allowed to swim in the nicest looking springs but you were allowed to walk down the cliffs to some other springs. We ended up sitting in the spring for about an hour before having to get back on the bus again.
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