Hitchhiking pt. deux

Trip Start Jan 07, 2007
Trip End Apr 02, 2007

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I previously wrote about how sometimes life hands you lemons, and even though you want orange juice, a fresh squeezed glass of lemonade isn't all that bad. Well we were supposed to go to the calcium-filled hot springs of Pamukale (spelling?) today but due to some complications with the travel agency, we were unable to go. I had been looking forward to swimming among the Roman ruins in that town, but hey, what are you going to do? So we had a free morning in Selcuk, and I had no plans whatsoever. I headed toward the mountains, and followed a dirt road. I was nervous that I was trespassing on people's property, so I tried to stay out of sight as much as possible.

Well, an unexpected surprise happened. A tractor with a trailer came buzzing up the road behind me and then pulled over. The tractor was being driven by a man with his wife riding an improvised shotgun (let's call them Mr. and Mrs. John Deere) and Mrs. Deere was waving at me beckoning me to come on. Well, after my last hitchhiking experience in Santorini, I had sworn off hitchhiking... but come on, a TRACTOR RIDE!!?!?!? Man, I wasn't even about to turn it down. I hopped in the trailer and we took off on a GORGEOUS tractor ride through the Turkish mountains. Mrs. Deere offered me some bread and candy (I accepted the bread, and kindly turned down the candy) and talked to me about a lot of things that I didn't have the slightest clue what she was talking about. They dropped me off near the top of the hill and they posed in a picture for me, and I set off for the very top.

There was a house that claimed the summit of the mountain, so I decided to turn around and head back down. Just then, I heard someone yelling "Hello!" and I turned and saw a man beckoning me to climb up the mountain. Anyways, I walked up there and took in a very nice view with the owner and his buddy who were taking a smoke break. Not bad for a day that didn't have any plans eh?

So the valuable lesson I learned from today was that when you are traveling and plans get cancelled or delayed, just start walking. Something memorable will happen. I feel like this blog entry should be a Hallmark card or something, I need to do something a little less... wrapped up in a bow.

Oh I know, we had a design problem a few days ago. We had to find something around Istanbul that we felt was inadequately designed and then redesign it. Mike picked public restrooms and after presenting his project Ben said, "Well, I am glad that you didn't design your bathroom with stereotypical middle-eastern architecture. Like a mosque looking bathroom."

I then quipped, "Well, hey, then instead of the prayer call you could have the nature call!"

Ya, that is how I roll.
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