Posted by: jottertree | July 20, 2010

Turkey at Last

Twenty-four hours is a long time to be on a boat. Same as it is a long time to be on a plane or a train or a bus but if you can find a secluded corner, you can curl up and get some sleep. And if you can find a table and some concentration, you can get some work done on your thesis.

From The Balkans 2010

After your 24 hours are up, you may find yourself in some new exotic corner of the world or perhaps somewhere barren and uninteresting. For us, this new corner was Kos, Greece, in all, a pretty good place to end up. We found the island town to possess a healthy level of tourism, but also a substantial amount of enchantment. We found narrow streets, stairs, stone walls, beaches and a castle. We found small houses with red tiles roofs, churches and kebab stands.

From The Balkans 2010

From Kos it was an short ferry ride to Bodrum, Turkey. Getting the tickets and through customs turned into a complicated mess but finally we found ourselves in Turkey where we had meant to be all along. Bodrum turned out to be a classic beach-party-town but, with height restrictions on buildings, it had a certain charm to it despite its many bars and neon lights.

From The Balkans 2010

In Bodrum we encountered the most amusing dining experience I have ever had. We were at waterside restaurant sitting at small tables on a large expanse of astroturf. There were nearly as many waiters as there were occupied tables, and it appeared that more were continually appearing out of the framework. My final count totaled more than 20 waiters in gray shirts, all waiting tables like their lives depended on it. Many of them sprinted everywhere they needed to go, even though the longest distances were a few meters tops. I don’t think I can accurately convey the atmosphere of the place, but we were thoroughly stressed by the constant scurrying of the waiters. As our food came, it came in what seemed to be an order opposite of normal convention. First came our entrees, then the salads, then the bread and finally our drinks. The moment we had finished eating, three waiters had collected all of the plates, napkins and glasses, and, suddenly, we were sitting at a completely empty table wondering if we had even eaten at all.
From Bodrum we headed North to Selcuk. Selcuk is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but it turns out that all that remains of this past wonder is a lone pillar. Selcuk also boasts being 3km from Edessa, the best preserved Roman city in the Eastern Mediterranean and that is where we are headed today.


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