04.29.2015 – 05.03.2015
04.29 Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish Airline Sending Me a Wrong Luggage
When I return to the hotel with the aim being to collect my missing luggage and head to the airport for my flight to Denizli, the hotel informs me that my luggage has finally arrive. However, when I check it I realize that I have been sent the wrong luggage!
04.30 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey
The journey from Denizli airport to Pamukkale is an arduous one involving 2 transfers, lasting 2 transfers taking 1.5 hours. When I arrive at 11:30 pm, I am very tired.
Pamukkale Salt Mines: Marshmallow
I reach the Pamukkale salt mines in the early morning. It is so beautiful, a series of blue and white layers running through the mountains. I am asked to take off my shoes to walk up, and the stones do hurt a little, but the scenery and atmosphere is so breathtaking that it more than makes up for it. Even though I climb solo, I still enjoy it a lot.
05.01 Cappadocia, Goreme, Turkey
A Killer Overnight Bus Trip to Cappadocia
The overnight bus trip is a killer because there is no sleeper seat.
I arrive at 7:15 am and wait for the 8 am breakfast (which consists mainly of bread, fries, and some oily fried peppers) courtesy of the Walnut House Hotel.
05.02 Goreme / Istanbul, Turkey
I am totally drained today as a result of being continually woken at 5 am because of the Muslim prayer. I spend all afternoon and evening eating local food. The most impressive being the rice pudding in an assortment of colors and flavors. They even serve rice pudding with chicken breast in it. Quite strange.
05.03 Istanbul, Turkey
Did you know that 70% of the city is situated in Asia and 30% in Europe?
The seafood restaurants under the Galata bridge are notoriously bad. The Yildizlar restaurant tries to scam you by showing you a fake trip advisor page of 4.5 stars with 500+ reviews. They also show you other competitors’ reviews and tried to tarnish their reputation. Later when I refuse to eat there, the guy cursed me. I later checked online and it turns out that they only have 11 reviews. Without a doubt, they are the most unethical restaurant that I have ever encountered.
I come to the conclusion that there are 3 things in this country: mosques, kebab, and baklava. I am also feeling overwhelmed by the aggressive behavior of restaurant staff, kebabs, and baklava. The baklavas are very soggy; and as a connoisseur of baklava, I should know! I have already tried 15 different shops and haven’t enjoyed any! I still like the Greek baklava better. My favorite food here is Lahmacun, which in case you don’t know, is a very thin and crispy Turkish pizza with minced beef.
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