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What Happened in Turkey?

This is a list, with no context for anything. If you want a specific story, write it in a comment and I will happily oblige! (91 stories is just too many to tell!) Also, there are some relevant pictures for fun.

  1. The super long line for EU passports, no line for us at Gatwick.DSC_0003
  2. Opening the beer bottles (Gatwick) – drinking in McD’s grass – “Oh my god. That is an ugly ass car.” “His window is down. We’re in an English speaking country.”
  3. The cold airport floors.
  4. Lebanese breakfast – fool mudamas – leaving the leftovers in the bathroom.
  5. Taxi drivers that switched.
  6. Hula hooping at the bus station.
  7. Giant fruit market – pomegranate the first.
  8. Electroworld guy and his directions via bus.
  9. The kid playing on the bridge with the water underneath lit up by lights.
  10. Fish market dinner – yoghurt drink.DSC_0042
  11. The bar that didn’t exist.
  12. 12 hours of sleep and a kickass breakfast.
  13. Camels – pet – bite – selfies.
  14. Fish market waiter while we were waiting for the bus to Oludeniz and drinking coke.
  15. Zuzu’s jewelry stand.
  16. Picking the pomegranate of the tree – eating them at the top of the mountain –  back photos.
  17. Meeting the British couple – hiking – coffee the next day.
  18. Oludeniz dog – humping the other one – teaching it how to swim – the other dog’s nasty shit on the beach.
  19. French fries and a fish bowl for lunch.DSC_0236
  20. Waiter was HOT – we pick that one.
  21. Sunset on the rocky beach.
  22. Pomegranate on the beach wall after sunset.
  23. Bathroom incident – “just be polite”
  24. Dinner with the hostel followed by drinks with the staff – guys talking about Molly in French – Aniko’s ex – lamb pizza, cheese dessert – cheese bread – cool music at the bar.
  25. Smelling like cigarettes.
  26. Dawn hike – pomegranate at the tomb – creating “pomegraminal”.DSC_0319
  27. French toast breakfast.
  28. Paragliding – Molly scared on the drive – Alyssa’s guide.
  29. Feeding a fish to the cat on the pier.
  30. The sea turtle just chilling.
  31. Changing into sweatpants before the bus ride.
  32. When do we get off the bus? Bathroom breaks?
  33. Teaching Alyssa to play Backgammon.
  34. Found the hot air balloon company all by ourselves.
  35. Rolls – Molly getting defensive.
  36. Climbing into the caves – 2 hrs = ½ km – moving the ladder – tunnel joints – dogs that stole Molly’s bag – how did we get up that first rock? – mountain biker that thought we were crazy – stupid horse.
  37. Hot air balloon – awesome guide – Asian Polaroid – champagne shower – pomegranate that we almost forgot to eat – Kathy’s ripped jeans – top ramen noodles.
  38. Delicious lunch, stupid cats – Molly tried to feed one.
  39. Too-long cab ride to the airport.
  40. Molly’s tickets.
  41. Security twice at every airport.
  42. Cops in Fethiye, Gatwick – guns aimed at our heads.
  43. 11 postcards for 1 Lira.
  44. Molly bought all the harem pants the store had.
  45. The bus to Taksim.
  46. “Are you the guy to check us in?” (nope.)
  47. Sexy Australian men.
  48. All of Molly’s alarms.
  49. When Kathy thought Molly was the bed post.
  50. Guy that shit in the hostel and then didn’t wash his hands.
  51. Men’s room at the mountain top when paragliding.
  52. Molly’s tea with coffee.
  53. Mini-Hagia Sofia.
  54. Figuring out the head scarves (and skirts – Alyssa).
  55. Bread. Bread. More bread. (Not that we’re complaining!)
  56. Why are the dogs always following us?
  57. Photography museum for 1 Lira.
  58. Shoe maker that wanted Kathy to take his picture.
  59. Pictures of the kids at the Best Western.
  60. Lamps.
  61. Lunch after following the guy in the blue shirt.
  62. Textile, button shops.
  63. Bulk bazaar.
  64. Spice bazaar – spicy spice – trying the string cheese – getting those chocolates – love tea.
  65. Walking the wrong way to get to the bridge.
  66. The fishermen getting out of our way when we wanted them in the picture (sunset on the bridge).DSC_0174_2
  67. Street food – corn, sesame rolls, hot dogs, honey bread with nutella.
  68. Turkish delight – What’s it made of? Turkey!
  69. Turkish guys sounding like seagulls saying “boyfriend” when Molly told her story – Kathy’s fake boyfriend.
  70. Molly almost getting hit in the face by a fish.
  71. Lesson on how to open a pomegranate.
  72. Postcards – the pile handed to the guy at the hostel – the stack from Voyager that we left in the airport.
  73. German fountain?
  74. Recounting all of this nonsense at the falafel place.
  75. Getting led around the Turkish bath like a little child when you’re basically naked.
  76. Not waking up at 2:45am like we were supposed to.
  77. Passport stamps!
  78. All the people buying their bus tickets from the airport with 500 crown notes.
  79. UK passport guy – questions, seeing him in the parking lot.
  80. Woman with the bus company.
  81. Electro world guy – 1st time we asked for directions, 2nd time, at lunch the last day in Fethiye.
  82. Flight attendant at Dalaman.
  83. Guy that works in hotel / saw at the market across the street on the way to the hostel – three times – he lives in Cappadocia, we’re going there, “you’re still here?”
  84. Waiter from the fish market – at dinner, walking to the bar. Also, his little brother.
  85. British couple – hiking, in Fethiye.
  86. Bec and Aniko.
  87. “No bathroom” guy at the falafel place – told Alyssa to go back to the Hagia Sofia.
  88. Airport American (Japanese ethnicity?) with the mustache.
  89. Creepy guy in the taxi/bus back to Kayseri – smoking, Axe, google translated conversation – Ivana Humpalot.
  90. Spice bazaar guys – “I have poison for your boyfriend.” “Spice girls” “Spice lady” “Spice ladies” “Are you real?” “The short girls are the best lovers (the guy we bought spices from)DSC_0153
  91. Australian family from the balloon – “no bullshit best coffee”

3 responses

  1. Ann Rounds

    I want to know how you eat pomegranate without getting red stains all over you. Also, where did you stay in Istanbul? What was the hot balloon like?

    November 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

  2. Melody

    42. Cops in Fethiye, Gatwick – guns aimed at our heads

    I definitely want to know what that was all about! Sounds like you had an amazing time in Turkey 🙂

    November 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

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