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8Aug/100

istanbul, turkey

despite the place being completely overrun by tourists, i found istanbul to be a beautiful city. istanbul serves as the bridge, between europe and asia; the bosphorus strait comprises many of the picturesque vistas, as do the many ferries. the city is dotted with gorgeous old mosques, huge frenetic tourist markets, and lots of yum yums!

8Aug/100

ephesus, turkey

suppose until traveling the middle east did i realize just how expansive the roman empire was! ephesus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and much of the ruins are well-preserved or restored. i was sure to bring my kite!

8Aug/100

cirali and pamukkale, turkey

i had a bout of loneliness when i hit the beautiful but sweltering beach of cirali-suppose it was hard to be camping alone amongst couples and families. transportation was one hell of a hassle-lots of transfers and bus drivers to rip you off for each one. i unfortunately wasn't able to fully appreciate the beauty of the mediterranean.

things got a bit better when i arrived in pamukkale and somehow i hostelled in a hotel with two swimming pools, a hamam, sauna, hot drinks and breakfast buffet. two of three nights i had a room for five all to myself. and right up the road towered the calcium carbonate formations that the area is so famous for. the pools had been said to have dried up so that bathing was no longer possible, however when i arrived i found that artificial pools had been built and the water redirected. i was the only jerk not wearing a bathing suit! regardless it was incredible to be there-the roman ruins were also quite impressive.

one of the days i ventured off the tourist trail to visit "mini pamukkale," a calcium carbonate formation inside a cave. bussed and hitchhiked out, realized that touristy things are well visited for a reason-the excitement of the day was getting swept up in a mini tornado of dust on the journey back!

8Aug/101

the incredible cappadocia, turkey

wow wow wow i was in no way prepared for how visually stunning this place would be: fairy chimneys with caves and windows carved out, and rock formations that looked like curtains, camels or meringue topping!

tourism is a huge industry for the area and caves have been transformed into hotel rooms and hostel spaces. i met my new japanese friend fumiko while staying in a miniature cave within a cave. she's so brave! she drove our rented motorbike to and we adventured around the area-the previous day of hiking was great but very strenuous in the heat. we also visited nearby underground cities which were apparently built for residents to escape persecution-certain cities reached depths of eight stories!

i'm already looking forward to coming back to this area someday (when the we weather is cooler) and indulging in a hot air balloon ride...