Truva (Troy)

Trip Start Nov 09, 2006
Trip End Nov 22, 2006

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Our first opportunity (ever!) to set foot on the continent of Asia came at the site of the excavation of ancient Troy. This was also our first opportunity to see our guide, Metin (pronounce 'ma-TEEN'), earn his money. He is a native Turk who is working his way towards a PhD in political science. Here and over the whole trip, he was a veritable font of knowledge. Sadly, we don't remember everything he told us, but wikipedia is there to fill the gaps:

Metin made repeated attempts to lower our expectations on the way to Troy, and he was right: there wasn't a whole lot to see. For the most part it was partially excavated with reconstructed walls and marble column pieces, but it was still pretty neat to be there. And it would have been a huge let-down if it had been at the end of the trip. There were much better things just around the corner...

Metin's first name means 'strength.' He told us his mother named him this because he was born about 2 months premature, and she thought he needed all the help he could get. It worked, because he's a big fella!
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