Wherever the wind blows

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Monday, June 14, 2010

Lee: We awoke in our cabin to another stinking hot morning and resolved to get the hell out of Dodge. We were actually leaving a climbing area early - voluntarily! This might be a first for me. The truth was, we'd seen what we came to see and determined which months would be best to climb here, so given the climbing was a struggle in the heat and we enjoyed our coastal driving adventure so much, we thought we'd do some more of that for the two days before we were due to fly north to Istanbul.

The other strange fact was that we were feeling pretty cut off due to the lack of internet (they had it on day one, sort of, and then it sort of broke). Sounds stupid, but it's the little things we're so used to now. Researching areas, checking the weather, touching base with family and friends. Not to mention two of our friends from Kalymnos had planned to come and join us in Geyikbayiri and said they would email us. Now we had no way of contacting them. So, we prayed they would bail on their plans (we found out later they did, thankfully) and we left, driving back towards the coast.

Sam was out of her comfort zone with this idea. No research. No hotels booked. Just winging it.

We travelled through Side which has an entire town of ruins you can drive your car through, as they're on the main drag. My kind of tourism! And then after some more hours driving along the coast we came to Alanya, another coastal tourism centre.

This was a strange place. Ancient fortifications (like a mini Great Wall of China) wound through the town, with ruins, and the modern town just slotted in around it. It was pretty cool. The other interesting thing was the demographics of the tourists. Almost no English speakers. It was all German and perhaps Scandinavian (or other northern European) tourists. One shop owner said we were only the fourth Aussies he had met this season.

Thanks to not booking, we actually struggled to find a place to stay. Sam charmed her way into using the internet in a major hotel and we booked a random place online, then drove there. Sam fluked a winner again as we had a top place overlooking the harbour which included breakfast (no surprise) but also buffet dinner (which was a pleasant surprise!)

The next morning we toured the ancient fortifications and the Red Tower (see pics) before hitting the 150km of road back to the similarly named Antalya where we would fly out the next morning.

Fast forward the dodgy hotel in Antalya, returning the hire car and the flight to Istanbul, and we're nearly back to real time, as in, I am typing up this entry from our Istanbul hotel room. But Istanbul deserves its own entry. 
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Colin and Julie on

Oh how I love reading your exciting blog wish we were there it sounds so wonderful you won't want to come back. I think you will probably do the whole trip again in reverse this time. I'm sure they will keep your job open for you Sam. It's easy to get used to the life not working. eh! Just have to win Lotto.

Mum on

I do so love following your journey - it makes a real break in an otherwise mundane day at the office.
Love you both xxxx

Orla on

Hey Sami and Lee, I've been loving reading the blog! You've taken some awesome photos. Very nice to brighten up a boring Brissy day. I look forward to the next installment. Missing you here :)

Orla and Johnny

Mike Skidmore on

Lee and Sam, your observations on the trip are so enveloping it makes us feel like we are there with you. Can we suggest you start a Travel Book for Aussie Climbers and Backpackers. Your skills of writting about your travels should be enjoyed by more people. Great work thanks for sharing your adventure with us. love Dad and Robyn

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