The White Cloud City

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Arif's House

Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Friday, June 24, 2011

Today was a lazy morning, in the heat it is just too hard to do anything quickly. Although I was crazy enough to do a three mile job in the park before attempting the commute to Pamukkale. Luckily, I made my way back to the Otogar (the main bus station) where I was identified by this guy from the day before. Apparently there is a hostel in Pamukkale called Dor Mavetsim For Seasons, that a girl at ANZ had actually recommended, that runs like a mafia. They wait for the foreigners to arrive to the bus station, give them a free shuttle to their hostal and free shuttles to the tavertines and ruins. In hindsight it might have been a better alternative to the CS in Denizli, but this is all a learning process. For anyone headed to Pamukkale I do recommend meeting Hamza the owner.

After a slightly uncomfortable/inappropriate ride to the hostal, I was happy to arrive and meet fellow travelers. Through Hamza I lined up a place in Fethiye and decided I would forego the expensive beach resort of Bodrum.

Together with John from UK, Nina and Mike from Cape Town, we got "ruined" in Pamukkale meandering the remains of Heiropolis. We finally arrived at the must awaited calcium covered tavertines at the bottom that Pamukkale is most well known for. Along with 100 other tourists we navigated the rocky, cascading pools wadding through the murky water, fascinated by the view and all the while questioning how much is man made for tourists.

The day ended with booking our bus tickets to Fethiye and a fresh cup of Aryan, a salty yogurt equivalent to Keifer, great for replenishing the good bacteria in my stomach.

I would have enjoyed sticking around the quaint town of Pamukkale and returning to the monument at sunset but Arif was sadly waiting for me back in Denizli because I had his house key and his brother was nowhere to be found.

Arif and I shared some Turkish pizza and salad before he retired for the night and I did laundry.
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