Trip Start Feb 05, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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antes pension

Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Sunday, July 13, 2008

The trip to Kas was a nice short three hour hopper involving
two packed and hot buses, most of it along a beautiful coastal highway
with great views of the Mediterranean.  After a quick investigation of
two hostels the five of use agreed on the Antes Pension perched nicely
part way up a hill on the north side of the town's centre.  13 YTL
(about $10)  per night got us a bed in the rooftop dorm which is
adjacent to the terrace that featured spectacular views of the Med. 
The best turkish breakfast yet--smorg style--was also included.  Alas,
beers were four bucks a piece and not cold and bringing drinks in was
strictly forbidden.   We got some laundry done too.  15 lira for one
load!  Sheesh.  That's 12 bucks.  See what I mean?

Kas, with its white plastered Mediterranean/Greek style
architecture is by far the best looking of the Turkish towns I've
seen.  The beach mind you left something to be desired, despite how the
pictures made it look. 

All of us had heard about boat trips on the Med and wanted to do
one of some kind at some point.  Three day cruises from Olympos to
Fethiye are very popular...and very expensive.  It sounds like they are
a bit more of a booze cruise and at five bucks a beer I'd be going home
before summer is out.  Those cruises run about $60 a day including all
meals but no beverages. In any case, it turns out that chartering a
boat out of Kas is easy and well, not so cheap, but not terrible
unreasonable either.  For 50 lira each ($40) the five of us hired Ali,
aka Garlic (There are so many guys named Ali, many of them have
nicknames.) and his boat for the day.  A friendly german couple from
Hamburg were also on board.  The day included three stops for swimming
and snorkeling, a fantastic lunch of fried fish, turkish salad, rice
and all the bread we could eat.  Beers were only four bucks (!) and
cold and no we couldn't bring our own...surprise.  After lunch we all
had naps, including Garlic.  The water here is an absolutely
breathtakingly beautiful blue and clear as can be.  The snorkeling was
fantastic.  The weather was perfect.  We were out from 10 a.m. until 6
p.m. in what was one of the highlights of Turkey thus far. 

After a terrible overpriced dinner at a bad tourist restaurant, the
kind I'm usually pretty good at sniffing out, we spent the evening at a
cool little bar on a corner near the main square where the tunes and
people watching were awesome.  An Iranian/Turkish woman, Juanita (the
name has been changed to protect the innocent), who was also staying at
our hostel joined us.  Though we had only planned to stay for a couple
of beers, for some reason it was impossible to leave so we just had to
close the place down.  We decided that was about all Kas had to offer
and made a plan to head for the resort town of Oludeniz the next day. 

Traveling solo is an adventure unto itself and one could easily
dedicate an entire blog entry to the subject.  Funny thing is that
hooking  up with other travelers is usually something that just kind of
happens.  And as a solo traveler you are always extremely sensitive to
making sure you don't impose myself on others.  It is usually through
casual conversation about upcoming plans that solo or duo travelers
morph into small groups and hang together for a few stops before
heading their separate ways and it tends to happen more often where
there is an obvious backpacker circuit.  The group has some chemistry
and it can make the travel a little more fun with a few laughs.  It's
nice if you've had a bit of a stretch of solo travel as it can get a
bit lonely.  It can be nice for pairs too as they get a little tired of
one another's company.  It's also a little more fun to negotiate
through some of the difficulties inherent in foreign travel when in a

Anyway, this is the story of Juanita.  She just sort of joined us
after breakfast as we headed to the bus station.  None of us had
invited her.  In fact, through conversations with her during the course
of the previous day, most of us found her to be argumentative,
confrontational and abrasive--worse than me even.  Next thing you know
she was right there with us on the bus to Oludeniz. 
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