More beers in Goreme

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Wednesday, April 15, 1998

Sometimes, when you cross over borders, the no mans land can be a fair distance. We had to leave Syria first. Quite simple, a stamp out. That was easy, we then jumped into the truck, and drove to the Turkish side, the drive was fairly long. We arrived, and at gunpoint, ordered to leave the truck and make our way into customs. If you are from Australia or New Zealand, it is free. If you are from the UK, it is fifteen pounds and if you are the the US, it is forty five dollars. These visa fees HAVE to be paid in your currency. For us, it was thirty pounds. The joys of being an Aussie with two passports. Now I could have travelled with both, but when you have long hair, sometimes it is easier to travel on one, than be searched and asked questions later. Just before you make the final step into Turkey, there is a duty free shop. Glenn assured us that it is quite easy to get alcohol in Turkey, but as we were low, actually had none, now would be a good time to start on stocking up. Onwards we drove, but first we had to change some money. When we left Australia, the Turkish Lira was 73000 to 1, but two years later, there had been a slight collapse, it was now 400000 to 1. Life was good. Change 50 and end up with 20000000 Lira. I was loaded. So we changed 100 just to be able to say that in our hands we had had 40000000 Lira. And then we drove, well you know the story so I am not going to go on, and we arrived in Goreme. We set up camp and then set up for big night of beers and cards. We did dinner and then as it states, the cards and the beers came out. Bed came quickly, and in the morning, struggling to open my eyes, we ordered some scooters and decided the only way to see this place was to hit it on the scooter. First stop was the Goreme open air museum. Here carved into the funny rock formations are 100's of dwellings, plus there are a few churches with original frescoes. As it was getting closer to lunch, we found a local pide place as the people we were with had never had pide. Mmmmmmmm Turkish pizza. My favourite. A couple of pides each and then we were ready to roll again. Next stop was the pottery store, but being Western tourists, they gave a tour including, this is how you do it, so we did, or at least try to do it and Holly's well Holly's was quite phallic, maybe it was the length of time that she had been away from her boyfriend. We all had goes and it was quite obvious that none of us were going to be offered a job there !!!!! We continued riding, taking in the sites. Great way to see the sites, so we settled down for a night of food and beers. The next morning, feeling a lot worse for wear, we jumped in the truck to do a tour of everything we saw the day before, but this time, we visited the carpet store. Carpets were nice, but to expensive. We also did the Derinkuyu underground city, which was good. The end of the day loomed, so we jumped in a mini bus where we were dropped off at a cave where for 10, you had all you could eat and drink plus were entertained by local dancers. Realistically, there was not much food but the beers kept flowing. Then the belly dancers came out. There, me and Stevie were drinking quite merrily, when they wanted a guy from our table. They chose Jacko. We could not believe it, the only straight one on our truck, we were spewing. More traditional dancers came and went, and then a male belly dancer came out and started dragging people up. From our table, he dragged the two top heavy girls, Ma and Huggy. Great show put on by them. We all loved it. Don't remember the trip back to the tent as usual, but I think I had a good night
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