Turkey has been outstanding and tommorrow ıs our last day before we head over to Samos for our ferry to Athens and the next phase begıns. in the last weeks we have slept ın hostels made ın caves-climbed to fortressed ancient cıtıes-eaten wonderful falafel and shish kebabs- watched futbol games with locals-hiked valleys lacing the medıtteranean-witnessed the amassing of copious european tourısts holidaying wıth everything hanging out and ı mean EVERYTHiNG-taken long long night busses-eaten lots of turkish breakfasts-been accosted by a plethora of carpet and leather salesman-gotten used to the call to prayers in the night and found them quite encahnting-mıscommunicated wıth a host of lovely turkish people- listened to an old man jam on a citar while sıttıng on textiles and pillows drinkıng apple tea...oh apple tea is so ggod-seen many things i would love to own but will have to come back for. Turkey...we will return. it has been wonderful.
We are currently spending out last days ın Kuşadasi which ıs sort of a shameless tourist trap but Mike got the most incredıble man facial and shave. So now he looks like Don Juan and has been sufficiently exfoliated. Here...going to the Barber is takıng part in an artform.
So long until i can post along the Grecian journey.
Istanbul is fantastic! We are staying in a little family run guesthouse in a very hip part of the city. In fact we can see Hagia Sophia from the rooftop. That mosque inspired me to study art history so it was cool to go there.
Some funny things
1 Don't show any interest to a carpet salesman because they will NOT let you go and will put serious pressure on you to buy. We had a man named Hussein almost holding us hostage well not really hostage and we finally had to promise him we'd come back the next day and I mean shake on it and what not so that we could get out of there. It was hilarious. I would LOVE a carpet but and they are incredible but I just don't have 3000 extra dollars at the moment. Hussein didn't give rats hiney but working as a team we got out. We hadn't even been in the country an hour when we had that experience so we learned our lesson and know when to just walk away. Ahhh Hussein.
2 There are men on the streets with carts full of cucumbers that they peel and shake salt on and that seems to be the cool thing to get. Its just kind of funny seeing people wandering around munching on a cucumber. Again, cool
Thats it for now. Time is up.
Here's some of the people that came to the airport this morning. Mack's mates, family friends, and the family.
Back: Pete, Mike, Rosie, Eve, Pita (cousins), Alice, Mack, Dean (married to Carly), and Sam (cousin)
Front: Me, Carly (cousin), Tasi and Robbie (Married to Pita), Liz, Auntie Viv and Uncle Rob
There you have it...the Cammock Family (MIA Joe and Chuck, 2 more cousins)