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Göreme and Cappadocia

A break from cities and some amazing landscapes

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After Pammukale we caught the overnight bus to Göreme to spend a couple of days in Cappadocia. The trip really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Obviously it wasn’t the best sleep I’ve ever had, but I did manage to actually rest most of the night. Turkish busses definitely deserve their good reputation. We were pretty tired our first day in Cappadocia, but we headed to the nearby town of Uchisar to see a huge castle there, which is one of the rock formations which has been carved out, and to see the Pigeon Valley which ends right around the corner from our hotel. This trip has been nonstop, it’s tiring but it’s nice to be able to see so much in our short time here. Cappadocia is a really cool place. It’s different than any of the other traveling we’ve done, meaning not in cities. Other than the Canary Islands almost all of our travel has been in and between European cities. Here it’s much more rural and the thing to do is hike around. It’s also very not-European. The people are warm and open, it reminds me a lot more of home. Everything’s also really informal. It can make things confusing at times, but it’s also a nice break from bureaucracy hell.

We went on a couple of tours to see some of the sites which are quite a bit further from Göreme, like the underground city Derinkuyu, which was really cool, and the “Imagination” Valley, which is where we saw a lot of the typical rock formations of Cappadocia.

I’m sad to be leaving Turkey after such a great stay, but this is definitely a country we’ll be back to. The people are the friendliest I’ve ever come across – everywhere we go they can’t do enough to help us have a great stay. Also, the food is amazing and always delicious, not to mention really cheap – usually not more than $10 in a nice restaurant, easily $5 for a meal in somewhere off the busy streets. We also met a really cool traveller in a café in Göreme after noticing each others’ Canadian flags on our backpacks. He’s been on the road – literally – for a year and half from Toronto. He’s hitchhiked around the Maritimes and down to New York and then all across Europe and Turkey, couchsurfing and camping all the way. Inspiring. He also keeps a blog; really interesting for people looking to old-school backpack across and around Europe: drifteralley.com.

Anyway, I’m just as excited for Sarajevo as I was for Istanbul, but I’m looking forward to the day we get to come back and see more of this friendly, beautiful country.

Posted by kmclean 15:00 Archived in Turkey Tagged cappadocia turkey goreme

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