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+ <h1><a href="/2014/02/06/turkey">Turkey</a></h1>
+ <p><i class="fa fa-clock-o"></i>&nbsp;Posted on 06 February 2014</p>
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+ <p>After Istanbul our next stop was in Göreme, where Amanda, Luke, and I, stayed in
+a fairy chimney hotel. These were rock formation that had been eroded away into
+conical shapes, that had rooms carved into them, with some brickwork to divide
+up the space.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11922915693/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me in front of my cave hotel in G&ouml;reme by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/11922915693_7c1de35fca_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Me in front of my cave hotel in G&ouml;reme" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of my cave hotel in G&ouml;reme</em></a>
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+<p>We went on several tours that took us around to many of the highlights of the area.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923143174/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Passageway in the underground city by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/11923143174_5ba05eb4ec_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Passageway in the underground city" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Passageway in the underground city</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>We visited Derinkuyo, the underground city that&#8217;s 16 levels deep, 8 of which we
+visited. It was quite similar to the Chu Chi tunnels in Vietnam, but generally
+much taller, although we did go down a few very very short &amp; dark ones where you
+pretty much had to crawl. We were told that the estimated capacity of the city
+was about 5000 people.</p>
+
+<p>We took a walk though the Ihlara valley, a very scenic valley lined with caves,
+pigeon holes, a cave church and a creek running down the bottom. Actually seeing
+real life pigeon holes gave me a real &#8220;wow, I&#8217;d never even though about that&#8221;
+moment abut the pigeon holes that teachers have in their staff rooms; they
+really do look quite similar.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923605856/in/set-72157639724831244" title="That moment when you realise why teacher's pigeon holes were called that by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/11923605856_00854f75ef_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="That moment when you realise why teacher's pigeon holes were called that" class="img-responsive"><br><em>That moment when you realise why teacher&#8217;s pigeon holes were called that</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>We were taken on a tour of a carpet making factory which had silk dyed in all
+the colours of the rainbow. We saw a woman making a carpet with 100 knots per
+square cm, which is quite a lot.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923393174/" title="Silk carpet colours by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/11923393174_f93c4a25cd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Silk carpet colours" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Silk carpet colours</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>We were taken to a show room and shown a bunch of carpets, each unrolled with a
+lot of showmanship, and told how to tell a real fancy silk carpet over a cotton
+one, but in all honestly I thought the cotton ones felt a lot nicer and softer
+and were hugely cheaper.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11922968545/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Unrolling carpet by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/11922968545_984ae22dbd_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Unrolling carpet" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Unrolling carpet</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>One night we went and saw a traditional dancing show, show casing many kinds of
+traditional Turkish dance. First up was some whirling dervishes dressed in
+white, spinning under UV lights with all the other lights dimmed down. Although
+seeing them was actually the original draw card for me, I didn&#8217;t actually find
+them all that interesting so I was glad their part of the show was short.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925904714/in/set-72157639724831244" title="UV whirling dervishes by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/11925904714_4e3a280f9b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="UV whirling dervishes" class="img-responsive"><br><em>UV whirling dervishes</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>There were many other styles of dancing with the men and women in some very
+fancy costumes, and of course some belly dancing.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925508115/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Boobs! and belly dancing by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/11925508115_f0ae1be732_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Boobs! and belly dancing" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Boobs! and belly dancing</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>In one part of the show they had some crowd participation where they got
+everyone up on their feet in a circle around the middle part of the room. Amanda
+kindly volunteered me for one part where I had to go out in the &#8220;stage&#8221; and copy
+the &#8220;seductive&#8221; dance moves of one of the guys to try and win a kiss from
+another female volunteer from the audience, which I of course fail at doing
+(they later pick her partner out form the audience, who surprise surprise is the
+one she kisses).</p>
+
+<p>I got up early my last morning in Göreme to see the hot air balloons flying
+over. We didn&#8217;t actually go up in one because we&#8217;d only just done a balloon ride
+in Africa a few weeks earlier but it was beautiful to see so many balloons
+floating over the town.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926395756/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Lots of ballons over G&ouml;reme by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11926395756_8ac928a965_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Lots of ballons over G&ouml;reme" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Lots of ballons over G&ouml;reme</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>From Göreme we got the night bus to Antalya down on the Mediterranean coast, and
+learnt our lesson in &#8220;a night on a bus does not really get you an extra day
+anywhere&#8221; because you sleep so poorly that you just want to nap all day once you
+arrive. It was a pretty decent coach, with in seat entertainment for every seat
+just like a plane, but it stopped every few hours and was generally hard to get
+any sleep on.</p>
+
+<p>I made myself go out exploring in the heat that first day there and found the
+very modern main street surrounding the old city (where we were staying), with a
+water feature running down the length of it between the road and the tram line.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925809383/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Just your average soldier sitting on a bench by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/11925809383_84a6656f8b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Just your average soldier sitting on a bench" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Just your average soldier sitting on a bench</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>There was a cool pedestrian street with 100s of open umbrellas
+making a sort of shade over it which made some great photos.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925813553/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Umbrella street! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7395/11925813553_20ce39c8e0_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Umbrella street!" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Umbrella street!</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Pretty much every inch of pavement in Antalya (and just about everywhere in
+Turkey) was made of marble, polished by the millions of people walking on the,
+which makes them very slippery and nearly put me on my arse more than a few
+times. I hate to think what it would be like in the wet.</p>
+
+<p>Luke and I had a &#8220;small&#8221; night out where we went over the road to the bar across
+from where we were staying for a few quiet beers, which lead to a lot of very
+noisy beers, which somehow led to us cranking
+<a href="https://soundcloud.com/neelix">Neelix</a> over the bar sound system, the bar
+tender rocking out to it, me breaking out the poi and attracting some locals to
+come and watch the spectacle.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926466696/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Bar tender rocking out to Neelix by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/11926466696_9f09d95c99_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Bar tender rocking out to Neelix" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bar tender rocking out to Neelix</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Luke and I woke up the next day with no recollection of having paid, and
+returned sheepishly later that afternoon only to be told that it&#8217;s all good and
+we apparently had. Quiet drinks fail.</p>
+
+<p>We had nasty hangovers that could only be cured by going and getting a decent
+breakfast at the beautiful Castle Cafe, with stunning views over the
+Mediterranean,</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926477836/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Stunning place to have breakfast by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/11926477836_c66732ce69_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Stunning place to have breakfast" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Stunning place to have breakfast</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Followed by an afternoon down at a private beach were we could
+laze in the sun under umbrellas and read, swim and snorkel a bit.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925622605/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Private beach by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/11925622605_5801810ebe_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Private beach" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Private beach</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>While in Antalya I made a visit to a 600 year old Turkish bath, an experience that had come highly
+recommended from just about everyone I&#8217;d spoken to about them, and it lived up
+to the expectations.</p>
+
+<p>Nobody in the place spoke English so the whole process was carried out with
+pointing and gesturing. I was sent into a little room with a towel to get
+changed into, which then turned out to double as a giant locker to lock my stuff
+up in.</p>
+
+<p>I was then sent downstairs into the actual bath area into a small marble room
+containing a hairy man sluicing water about. He sends me into the next room with
+a bit of a grunt and a point of his finger.</p>
+
+<p>The next room is built in the shape of a large cross with very high vaulted
+ceilings, and several smaller rooms opening off it. Inside it was quite humid
+but not hot. There nobody else in the room with me and every move I make seems
+to echo quite loudly. I sit for a while wondering if I should be doing
+something, then try sluicing myself with some water and wait some more until
+eventually the hairy man returns and gestures that I follow him.</p>
+
+<p>He gets me to lie face down on a marble slab, with a semi-circle pillow under my
+face and a bit of pool noodle under my shins. He then pours warm water all over
+me, then scrubs me down with a loofah glove. Next he gets a pillowcase-like sack
+that&#8217;s full of soapy suds, fills it with air and then squeezes it out through
+the sack to make foam for the soap massage, which seems like pretty much a
+normal massage but with soap.</p>
+
+<p>I&#8217;m turned over and the process is repeated on my front, with the addition of
+some quite rough amateur chiropractic work involving crossing my arms over to
+the elbow and shoving until there&#8217;s crack.</p>
+
+<p>Finally I&#8217;m rinsed off with water, then led out to cool off and drink some apple
+tea and eat some fresh fruit before heading back into my change room to get
+dressed. I certainly walked away feeling cleaner than I had since going to
+Africa. It would be the perfect thing to tack onto the end of Rainbow Serpent
+Festival each year! :D</p>
+
+<p>Our next stop was Pamukkale, which is famous for its massive salt formation hill
+thingy which we first saw from right where the bus dropped us off. In looks a
+lot like a ski slope except the weather is painfully hot and it&#8217;s covered in
+women in bikini&#8217;s posing for their boyfriends for their next Facebook avatars.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925926943/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3694/11925926943_b269a5aa3b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope!" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope!</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Most of the slope has water running down it most of the time (I&#8217;ll come back to
+this later) and there are signs everywhere warning that it is wet and could be
+slippery, but we quickly found out from out first step that it&#8217;s actually quite a roughly
+textured surface and not at all slippery. There are pools all the way up the
+slope which look man made, each pool being slightly warmer than the last as you
+make you way up to the source.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926542516/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/11926542516_b400cb2c35_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>At the top you see there&#8217;s a lot of plumbing and artificial terraces, making it
+feel a bit like a natural treasure that&#8217;s been destroyed. I did some research
+and found out that the state it is in today is actually way better than when it
+got UNESCO conservation status in 1986, before which it had been royally screwed
+up. There used to be a bitumen road right up the slope (where you&#8217;re allowed to
+walk today, and where the man man pools are) and hotels built at the top on top
+of the ruins of Hierapolis; incredible to think they could let that happen. The
+waste from the hotels had just been pumped out onto the salt slopes, staining
+the whole thing dirty brown colours instead of pure white.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926162064/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/11926162064_97d9839037_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Them turning off the water to various parts actually gives the sun a chance to bleach
+parts of the salt slope to try and undo some of the damage, so even though it
+feels a bit artificial I think it&#8217;s a good thing what they&#8217;re doing.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926145184/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The place is surreal looking by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3739/11926145184_5f2aa8b3be_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="The place is surreal looking" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The place is surreal looking</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>We went back a second time and found that the water was routed a completely
+different way, creating new waterfalls in places and stopping others. I went up
+the top and explored the ruins of Hierapolis, probably the only place in the
+world where you&#8217;ll find bikini clad girls posing in an ancient amphitheatre, and
+on other ancient ruins.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926007323/in/set-72157639724831244" title="It's not every day you see girls in bikini's posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11926007323_0369614729_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="It's not every day you see girls in bikini's posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad" class="img-responsive"><br><em>It&#8217;s not every day you see girls in bikini&#8217;s posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Our next stop was in Selçuk where our accommodation, Wallabies Hotel has a
+lovely view of the aqueducts that run through the city, although the bathroom
+door is missing the handle and we need pliers to open it, there&#8217;s no hot water
+and there&#8217;s some festival going on outside until late into the night making tons
+of noise and the windows block nothing. In short it&#8217;s a bit of a shithole,
+especially considering the travel agent who organised it claimed how he had lots
+of very fussy Korean customers and none ever complained. I&#8217;ve stayed in plenty
+of worse hostels, but they weren&#8217;t claiming to be hotels.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926182813/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Aquaduct out our window by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/11926182813_b5d03679ec_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Aquaduct out our window" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Aquaduct out our window</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>The draw card around Selçuk is the ancient ruins of Ephesus (or Efes), a 1000
+year old Greek city. Tour buses seem to arrive there at regular intervals so you
+need to time your movements so you&#8217;re in between the hoards of 30-40 people in
+each group to get a look at the place without it feeling like your at some sort
+of circus, but when you time it right it can feel like you&#8217;ve got the place
+almost to yourself.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926059043/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Ephesus amphitheatre by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/11926059043_0659c79edc_c.jpg" width="800" height="248" alt="Ephesus amphitheatre" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Ephesus amphitheatre</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>There are some very impressive terrace houses there, once owned by individual
+families. The archways in them and the mosaic floors would be considered quite
+impressive features in a modern house so it&#8217;s sort of mind blowing to think that
+individual families dwelled in such luxury thousands of years back. Naturally
+the families were high up in various religious groups <em>rolls eyes</em> so very
+philanthropic they tend to be.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925809785/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The terrace houses by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7297/11925809785_969eb17702_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The terrace houses" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The terrace houses</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Another thing of note the façade of the ancient Library of Celsius which is
+really cool. The architects used thinner columns on the outside and thicker ones
+towards the middle to add even more grandeur to the already impressive size of
+it using optical illusion. Pretty amazing technology for 1000 years back.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926684906/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Celcius Library by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11926684906_65f8da843e_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Celcius Library" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Celcius Library</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>There was a long marble avenue that lead down to where the harbour used to be,
+but it was roped off not far down from the amphitheatre. I wanted to see what
+was down there, so I found an unmarked path through the scrub that led in the
+right general direction which eventually came out at the very far other end of
+the avenue. I could see no signs of the port, but looking down the avenue back
+towards the city it was easy to imagine how vastly wealthy the city must have
+been back in it&#8217;s day.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925884335/in/set-72157639724831244" title="I'm not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/11925884335_1a7ecfca8d_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="I'm not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm" class="img-responsive"><br><em>I&#8217;m not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>I took a slightly different way back that led past harbour gymnasium, parts of
+which looked like they could fall down at any minute and actually stated to feel
+pretty unsafe, wondering if there could be large not-yet-excavated caverns below
+me, so I quickly made my way back to the normal path. Just as I got back where I
+was supposed to be I passed a security guy going the other direction talking on
+his radio. I like to imagine that I got spotted from afar and he&#8217;d been sent off
+to tell me to get out of there, but he was probably just sneaking off for a lazy
+break or something.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926758296/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Precarious by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5549/11926758296_7eeb1991c7_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Precarious" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Precarious</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>While in the area I made a day trip to the beach. On arriving, the forest
+leading up to it felt pretty much like it could have been somewhere on the north
+coast of NSW, lots and lots of spaced out gum trees. Seems to strange to find
+them in large numbers in other countries of the world.</p>
+
+<p>As I approach the beach it looks brown and pretty unappealing, but as I reach
+the water I find the water moving over the sand actually makes the sand sparkle
+like gold glitter. It&#8217;s extremely pretty, but not an effect that translated very
+well to still photos, or even video, but trust me I tried!</p>
+
+<div class="videowrapper"><iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7hRSuxPWIrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
+
+
+<p>After Selçuk I parted ways with Luke and Amanda as they were flying on to Rome
+and I had decided that I wanted to spend more time along the Mediterranean
+coastline. I hate saying goodbye in general, I never seem to be able to pick a
+moment that feels natural, but longer goodbyes are the worst. It was at least
+nice to know it was only for a month or two before we&#8217;d cross paths again, and
+in a way it felt nice to have the freedom to do whatever I felt like doing
+again, without having to consider what anyone else wanted. Maybe a little
+selfish to be thinking that way, but so what?</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926407314/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The shiny lights of Bodrum by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/11926407314_9bd6a9105c_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The shiny lights of Bodrum" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The shiny lights of Bodrum</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>My first solo stop was in Bodrum, where I visited their underwater archaeology
+museum, which is in the Bodrum castle. Bodrum itself was a pretty horrible
+resort town; think beached completely covered in sun-lounges with loads of bright
+red tourists sunning themselves laid out on them&#8230; really not my sort of place.
+My lack of interest in the city combined with the inspiration to go diving from
+seeing all the information about how they lift the shipwreck relics from the sea
+bed had me leaving pretty quickly and heading for Kaş.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925961955/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/11925961955_d4bf0a60cc_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>It was fantastic to get back in the water and dive again once I got to Kaş. I
+went out with a shop called Bougainville Divers with a fairly advanced
+divemaster/guide, Peter, who dives with a side mount setup (no tank on his back,
+they&#8217;re clipped loosely at his sides instead), a setup I&#8217;d heard about but never
+actually seen anyone using before. It sure is an interesting way to rig your
+gear and actually lends itself to travelling with your own gear quite well. From
+the feedback I got from him, it seems that all my shallow water pier diving back
+in Melbourne has paid off in spades and my trim in the water looks like that of
+someone with two or three times as many dives as I have done. A nice little ego
+boost!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935191264/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Having a look inside by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/11935191264_007cb56ff0_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Having a look inside" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Having a look inside</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Marine life in the Mediterranean is actually pretty sparse compared to
+everywhere else I&#8217;ve ever dived, the area has been heavily overfished and even
+with Kaş being in the middle of a conservation area there&#8217;s not a lot of fish
+around. I did see a lot of tiny stuff like nudibranches, but pretty much no schools
+of fish, and even very few individual fish.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11934780975/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Group photo by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/11934780975_5e57d070ee_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Group photo" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Group photo</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>I got to do a dive at the Dakota, a Turkish Red Cross plane (a DC3) which was
+bought, stripped and sunk as an artificial reef. Because it&#8217;s not a plane that&#8217;s
+crashed, the whole thing is intact and it&#8217;s really quite surreal to see what is
+a somewhat large plane, 30 odd meters underwater with fish swimming through
+it. It&#8217;s pretty cool to get to have a look through the cockpit window and swim
+around and have a look at the propellers and the tail fin, and even penetrate
+into the hull of the plane.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935009263/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me @ The Dakota DC3 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3753/11935009263_54404c9d38_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Me @ The Dakota DC3" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me @ The Dakota DC3</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>I also dived a few shipwrecks in the area, some steel ones that were quite
+obviously ships, and some wooden ones of which very little was left. Some of the
+wooden ones were at least somewhat modern, as the things that remained were PVC
+piping and a ceramic toilet! Others were much much older, with broken amphora
+(ancient ceramic jars) and ancient stone boat anchors being all that was still
+evidence that it was a ship.</p>
+
+<p>While in Kaş I got in touch with some people through couchsurfing and met up
+with them; Ümit, a Turkish dude who spun fire poi and Maie-Anna, a girl from
+Germany who lives in Kaş now and was bursting at the seams with energy. I ended
+up going out dancing with them at the very basic local nightclub that played
+very trashy music but it was lots of fun.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935604836/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Fire poi by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11935604836_7e412e1909_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Fire poi" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Fire poi</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>After Kaş I headed to Olympos, a sleepy little village right near the ruins of
+the ancient city of Olympos. I stayed in a great hostel that had a huge outdoor
+area consisting of tree-house lounges and hammocks, which I made extensive use of
+in the week I stayed there.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11934879555/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Olympos, Hammockville by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5548/11934879555_5f87af50b6_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Olympos, Hammockville" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Olympos, Hammockville</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>Every morning there was a huge buffet breakfast that filled me up enough so I
+didn&#8217;t really need to eat lunch, and then also a huge delicious buffet dinner,
+all included in the accommodation. All for ~$20 a day!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935385724/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/11935385724_4c8b4c059c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>It was a great chance to unwind after travelling too fast, for too long, and
+finally de-stress a bit. I had lots of much needed alone time, sometimes
+wandering off and finding a spot to myself where hours would pass without even
+hearing another person.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935076383/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Large arch at Olympos by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/11935076383_0a1a5e54ae_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Large arch at Olympos" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Large arch at Olympos</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>My week consisted of walks down to the beach, practicing my poi, and lying in
+hammocks reading. It was a lovely way to unwind.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935090743/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Ruined castle poi by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/11935090743_14c3dab717_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Ruined castle poi" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Ruined castle poi</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>One day I climbed up to the ruins of an old castle up on the hill. The path
+leading up to it passed by lots of overgrown brickwork up to the castle, where
+the remnants of a two storey building with a few arch doorways were still
+standing. I could see where the floor of the second floor would have been, with
+the regularly spaced holes in the wall where the floorboard supports would have
+been. Another day I swam out to a not-so-secret cave and found that some of the
+ground I was standing on taking photos that earlier day was actually on top of
+an huge arch, probably 40 meters above the water and rocks. Eeek!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935285354/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Hilltop castle by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7359/11935285354_47513ae588_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Hilltop castle" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Hilltop castle</em></a>
+</p>
+
+<p>The last place of note I visited in Turkey was up to Mount Chimaera, where
+fire spews out from holes in the ground which was really neat to witness.
+Apparently the locations of the fires change daily as some fires go out and
+others new ones spark up. Stories tell that the fires used to be bright enough
+for the ships to see, so it was sort of like a ancient lighthouse for the area.
+It&#8217;s also where the original Olympic flame came from, and has reportedly burned
+continuously for 2500 years</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935144653/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The natural fires of Mount Chimaera by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/11935144653_e621d7e506_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The natural fires of Mount Chimaera" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The natural fires of Mount Chimaera</em></a>
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+ <p>After Istanbul our next stop was in Göreme, where Amanda, Luke, and I, stayed in
+a fairy chimney hotel. These were rock formation that had been eroded away into
+conical shapes, that had rooms carved into them, with some brickwork to divide
+up the space.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11922915693/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me in front of my cave hotel in Greme by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/11922915693_7c1de35fca_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="Me in front of my cave hotel in Greme" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of my cave hotel in Greme</em></a></p>
+</p>
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+
+
+<p>We went on several tours that took us around to many of the highlights of the area.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923143174/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Passageway in the underground city by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/11923143174_5ba05eb4ec_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Passageway in the underground city" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Passageway in the underground city</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>We visited Derinkuyo, the underground city that&#8217;s 16 levels deep, 8 of which we
+visited. It was quite similar to the Chu Chi tunnels in Vietnam, but generally
+much taller, although we did go down a few very very short &amp; dark ones where you
+pretty much had to crawl. We were told that the estimated capacity of the city
+was about 5000 people.</p>
+
+<p>We took a walk though the Ihlara valley, a very scenic valley lined with caves,
+pigeon holes, a cave church and a creek running down the bottom. Actually seeing
+real life pigeon holes gave me a real &#8220;wow, I&#8217;d never even though about that&#8221;
+moment abut the pigeon holes that teachers have in their staff rooms; they
+really do look quite similar.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923605856/in/set-72157639724831244" title="That moment when you realise why teacher's pigeon holes were called that by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/11923605856_00854f75ef_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="That moment when you realise why teacher's pigeon holes were called that" class="img-responsive"><br><em>That moment when you realise why teacher&#8217;s pigeon holes were called that</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>We were taken on a tour of a carpet making factory which had silk dyed in all
+the colours of the rainbow. We saw a woman making a carpet with 100 knots per
+square cm, which is quite a lot.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11923393174/" title="Silk carpet colours by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7322/11923393174_f93c4a25cd_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Silk carpet colours" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Silk carpet colours</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>We were taken to a show room and shown a bunch of carpets, each unrolled with a
+lot of showmanship, and told how to tell a real fancy silk carpet over a cotton
+one, but in all honestly I thought the cotton ones felt a lot nicer and softer
+and were hugely cheaper.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11922968545/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Unrolling carpet by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/11922968545_984ae22dbd_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Unrolling carpet" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Unrolling carpet</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>One night we went and saw a traditional dancing show, show casing many kinds of
+traditional Turkish dance. First up was some whirling dervishes dressed in
+white, spinning under UV lights with all the other lights dimmed down. Although
+seeing them was actually the original draw card for me, I didn&#8217;t actually find
+them all that interesting so I was glad their part of the show was short.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925904714/in/set-72157639724831244" title="UV whirling dervishes by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/11925904714_4e3a280f9b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="UV whirling dervishes" class="img-responsive"><br><em>UV whirling dervishes</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>There were many other styles of dancing with the men and women in some very
+fancy costumes, and of course some belly dancing.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925508115/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Boobs! and belly dancing by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/11925508115_f0ae1be732_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Boobs! and belly dancing" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Boobs! and belly dancing</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>In one part of the show they had some crowd participation where they got
+everyone up on their feet in a circle around the middle part of the room. Amanda
+kindly volunteered me for one part where I had to go out in the &#8220;stage&#8221; and copy
+the &#8220;seductive&#8221; dance moves of one of the guys to try and win a kiss from
+another female volunteer from the audience, which I of course fail at doing
+(they later pick her partner out form the audience, who surprise surprise is the
+one she kisses).</p>
+
+<p>I got up early my last morning in Göreme to see the hot air balloons flying
+over. We didn&#8217;t actually go up in one because we&#8217;d only just done a balloon ride
+in Africa a few weeks earlier but it was beautiful to see so many balloons
+floating over the town.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926395756/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Lots of ballons over Greme by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11926395756_8ac928a965_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Lots of ballons over Greme" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Lots of ballons over Greme</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>From Göreme we got the night bus to Antalya down on the Mediterranean coast, and
+learnt our lesson in &#8220;a night on a bus does not really get you an extra day
+anywhere&#8221; because you sleep so poorly that you just want to nap all day once you
+arrive. It was a pretty decent coach, with in seat entertainment for every seat
+just like a plane, but it stopped every few hours and was generally hard to get
+any sleep on.</p>
+
+<p>I made myself go out exploring in the heat that first day there and found the
+very modern main street surrounding the old city (where we were staying), with a
+water feature running down the length of it between the road and the tram line.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925809383/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Just your average soldier sitting on a bench by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3680/11925809383_84a6656f8b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Just your average soldier sitting on a bench" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Just your average soldier sitting on a bench</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>There was a cool pedestrian street with 100s of open umbrellas
+making a sort of shade over it which made some great photos.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925813553/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Umbrella street! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7395/11925813553_20ce39c8e0_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Umbrella street!" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Umbrella street!</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Pretty much every inch of pavement in Antalya (and just about everywhere in
+Turkey) was made of marble, polished by the millions of people walking on the,
+which makes them very slippery and nearly put me on my arse more than a few
+times. I hate to think what it would be like in the wet.</p>
+
+<p>Luke and I had a &#8220;small&#8221; night out where we went over the road to the bar across
+from where we were staying for a few quiet beers, which lead to a lot of very
+noisy beers, which somehow led to us cranking
+<a href="https://soundcloud.com/neelix">Neelix</a> over the bar sound system, the bar
+tender rocking out to it, me breaking out the poi and attracting some locals to
+come and watch the spectacle.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926466696/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Bar tender rocking out to Neelix by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/11926466696_9f09d95c99_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Bar tender rocking out to Neelix" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Bar tender rocking out to Neelix</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Luke and I woke up the next day with no recollection of having paid, and
+returned sheepishly later that afternoon only to be told that it&#8217;s all good and
+we apparently had. Quiet drinks fail.</p>
+
+<p>We had nasty hangovers that could only be cured by going and getting a decent
+breakfast at the beautiful Castle Cafe, with stunning views over the
+Mediterranean,</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926477836/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Stunning place to have breakfast by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3727/11926477836_c66732ce69_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Stunning place to have breakfast" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Stunning place to have breakfast</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Followed by an afternoon down at a private beach were we could
+laze in the sun under umbrellas and read, swim and snorkel a bit.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925622605/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Private beach by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7380/11925622605_5801810ebe_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Private beach" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Private beach</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>While in Antalya I made a visit to a 600 year old Turkish bath, an experience that had come highly
+recommended from just about everyone I&#8217;d spoken to about them, and it lived up
+to the expectations.</p>
+
+<p>Nobody in the place spoke English so the whole process was carried out with
+pointing and gesturing. I was sent into a little room with a towel to get
+changed into, which then turned out to double as a giant locker to lock my stuff
+up in.</p>
+
+<p>I was then sent downstairs into the actual bath area into a small marble room
+containing a hairy man sluicing water about. He sends me into the next room with
+a bit of a grunt and a point of his finger.</p>
+
+<p>The next room is built in the shape of a large cross with very high vaulted
+ceilings, and several smaller rooms opening off it. Inside it was quite humid
+but not hot. There nobody else in the room with me and every move I make seems
+to echo quite loudly. I sit for a while wondering if I should be doing
+something, then try sluicing myself with some water and wait some more until
+eventually the hairy man returns and gestures that I follow him.</p>
+
+<p>He gets me to lie face down on a marble slab, with a semi-circle pillow under my
+face and a bit of pool noodle under my shins. He then pours warm water all over
+me, then scrubs me down with a loofah glove. Next he gets a pillowcase-like sack
+that&#8217;s full of soapy suds, fills it with air and then squeezes it out through
+the sack to make foam for the soap massage, which seems like pretty much a
+normal massage but with soap.</p>
+
+<p>I&#8217;m turned over and the process is repeated on my front, with the addition of
+some quite rough amateur chiropractic work involving crossing my arms over to
+the elbow and shoving until there&#8217;s crack.</p>
+
+<p>Finally I&#8217;m rinsed off with water, then led out to cool off and drink some apple
+tea and eat some fresh fruit before heading back into my change room to get
+dressed. I certainly walked away feeling cleaner than I had since going to
+Africa. It would be the perfect thing to tack onto the end of Rainbow Serpent
+Festival each year! :D</p>
+
+<p>Our next stop was Pamukkale, which is famous for its massive salt formation hill
+thingy which we first saw from right where the bus dropped us off. In looks a
+lot like a ski slope except the weather is painfully hot and it&#8217;s covered in
+women in bikini&#8217;s posing for their boyfriends for their next Facebook avatars.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925926943/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope! by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3694/11925926943_b269a5aa3b_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope!" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Rainbow beanbags looking onto Pamukkale. It looks like a sky slope!</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Most of the slope has water running down it most of the time (I&#8217;ll come back to
+this later) and there are signs everywhere warning that it is wet and could be
+slippery, but we quickly found out from out first step that it&#8217;s actually quite a roughly
+textured surface and not at all slippery. There are pools all the way up the
+slope which look man made, each pool being slightly warmer than the last as you
+make you way up to the source.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926542516/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/11926542516_b400cb2c35_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me in front of what looks like giant cauliflower</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>At the top you see there&#8217;s a lot of plumbing and artificial terraces, making it
+feel a bit like a natural treasure that&#8217;s been destroyed. I did some research
+and found out that the state it is in today is actually way better than when it
+got UNESCO conservation status in 1986, before which it had been royally screwed
+up. There used to be a bitumen road right up the slope (where you&#8217;re allowed to
+walk today, and where the man man pools are) and hotels built at the top on top
+of the ruins of Hierapolis; incredible to think they could let that happen. The
+waste from the hotels had just been pumped out onto the salt slopes, staining
+the whole thing dirty brown colours instead of pure white.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926162064/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/11926162064_97d9839037_c.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Like a winter wonderland, but with more people swimming</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Them turning off the water to various parts actually gives the sun a chance to bleach
+parts of the salt slope to try and undo some of the damage, so even though it
+feels a bit artificial I think it&#8217;s a good thing what they&#8217;re doing.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926145184/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The place is surreal looking by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3739/11926145184_5f2aa8b3be_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="The place is surreal looking" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The place is surreal looking</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>We went back a second time and found that the water was routed a completely
+different way, creating new waterfalls in places and stopping others. I went up
+the top and explored the ruins of Hierapolis, probably the only place in the
+world where you&#8217;ll find bikini clad girls posing in an ancient amphitheatre, and
+on other ancient ruins.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926007323/in/set-72157639724831244" title="It's not every day you see girls in bikini's posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11926007323_0369614729_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="It's not every day you see girls in bikini's posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad" class="img-responsive"><br><em>It&#8217;s not every day you see girls in bikini&#8217;s posing in roman ruins for their friend with an iPad</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Our next stop was in Selçuk where our accommodation, Wallabies Hotel has a
+lovely view of the aqueducts that run through the city, although the bathroom
+door is missing the handle and we need pliers to open it, there&#8217;s no hot water
+and there&#8217;s some festival going on outside until late into the night making tons
+of noise and the windows block nothing. In short it&#8217;s a bit of a shithole,
+especially considering the travel agent who organised it claimed how he had lots
+of very fussy Korean customers and none ever complained. I&#8217;ve stayed in plenty
+of worse hostels, but they weren&#8217;t claiming to be hotels.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926182813/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Aquaduct out our window by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/11926182813_b5d03679ec_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Aquaduct out our window" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Aquaduct out our window</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>The draw card around Selçuk is the ancient ruins of Ephesus (or Efes), a 1000
+year old Greek city. Tour buses seem to arrive there at regular intervals so you
+need to time your movements so you&#8217;re in between the hoards of 30-40 people in
+each group to get a look at the place without it feeling like your at some sort
+of circus, but when you time it right it can feel like you&#8217;ve got the place
+almost to yourself.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926059043/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Ephesus amphitheatre by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/11926059043_0659c79edc_c.jpg" width="800" height="248" alt="Ephesus amphitheatre" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Ephesus amphitheatre</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>There are some very impressive terrace houses there, once owned by individual
+families. The archways in them and the mosaic floors would be considered quite
+impressive features in a modern house so it&#8217;s sort of mind blowing to think that
+individual families dwelled in such luxury thousands of years back. Naturally
+the families were high up in various religious groups <em>rolls eyes</em> so very
+philanthropic they tend to be.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925809785/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The terrace houses by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7297/11925809785_969eb17702_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The terrace houses" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The terrace houses</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Another thing of note the façade of the ancient Library of Celsius which is
+really cool. The architects used thinner columns on the outside and thicker ones
+towards the middle to add even more grandeur to the already impressive size of
+it using optical illusion. Pretty amazing technology for 1000 years back.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926684906/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Celcius Library by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/11926684906_65f8da843e_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Celcius Library" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Celcius Library</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>There was a long marble avenue that lead down to where the harbour used to be,
+but it was roped off not far down from the amphitheatre. I wanted to see what
+was down there, so I found an unmarked path through the scrub that led in the
+right general direction which eventually came out at the very far other end of
+the avenue. I could see no signs of the port, but looking down the avenue back
+towards the city it was easy to imagine how vastly wealthy the city must have
+been back in it&#8217;s day.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925884335/in/set-72157639724831244" title="I'm not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/11925884335_1a7ecfca8d_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="I'm not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm" class="img-responsive"><br><em>I&#8217;m not supposed to be here, the other end of the harbour road, zoomed out to to 28mm</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>I took a slightly different way back that led past harbour gymnasium, parts of
+which looked like they could fall down at any minute and actually stated to feel
+pretty unsafe, wondering if there could be large not-yet-excavated caverns below
+me, so I quickly made my way back to the normal path. Just as I got back where I
+was supposed to be I passed a security guy going the other direction talking on
+his radio. I like to imagine that I got spotted from afar and he&#8217;d been sent off
+to tell me to get out of there, but he was probably just sneaking off for a lazy
+break or something.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926758296/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Precarious by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5549/11926758296_7eeb1991c7_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Precarious" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Precarious</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>While in the area I made a day trip to the beach. On arriving, the forest
+leading up to it felt pretty much like it could have been somewhere on the north
+coast of NSW, lots and lots of spaced out gum trees. Seems to strange to find
+them in large numbers in other countries of the world.</p>
+
+<p>As I approach the beach it looks brown and pretty unappealing, but as I reach
+the water I find the water moving over the sand actually makes the sand sparkle
+like gold glitter. It&#8217;s extremely pretty, but not an effect that translated very
+well to still photos, or even video, but trust me I tried!</p>
+
+<div class="videowrapper"><iframe width="640" height="480" src="http://www.lucasthenomad.com//www.youtube.com/embed/7hRSuxPWIrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
+
+
+<p>After Selçuk I parted ways with Luke and Amanda as they were flying on to Rome
+and I had decided that I wanted to spend more time along the Mediterranean
+coastline. I hate saying goodbye in general, I never seem to be able to pick a
+moment that feels natural, but longer goodbyes are the worst. It was at least
+nice to know it was only for a month or two before we&#8217;d cross paths again, and
+in a way it felt nice to have the freedom to do whatever I felt like doing
+again, without having to consider what anyone else wanted. Maybe a little
+selfish to be thinking that way, but so what?</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926407314/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The shiny lights of Bodrum by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/11926407314_9bd6a9105c_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The shiny lights of Bodrum" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The shiny lights of Bodrum</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>My first solo stop was in Bodrum, where I visited their underwater archaeology
+museum, which is in the Bodrum castle. Bodrum itself was a pretty horrible
+resort town; think beached completely covered in sun-lounges with loads of bright
+red tourists sunning themselves laid out on them&#8230; really not my sort of place.
+My lack of interest in the city combined with the inspiration to go diving from
+seeing all the information about how they lift the shipwreck relics from the sea
+bed had me leaving pretty quickly and heading for Kaş.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11925961955/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/11925961955_d4bf0a60cc_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sea floor recreation of an ancient shipwreck</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>It was fantastic to get back in the water and dive again once I got to Kaş. I
+went out with a shop called Bougainville Divers with a fairly advanced
+divemaster/guide, Peter, who dives with a side mount setup (no tank on his back,
+they&#8217;re clipped loosely at his sides instead), a setup I&#8217;d heard about but never
+actually seen anyone using before. It sure is an interesting way to rig your
+gear and actually lends itself to travelling with your own gear quite well. From
+the feedback I got from him, it seems that all my shallow water pier diving back
+in Melbourne has paid off in spades and my trim in the water looks like that of
+someone with two or three times as many dives as I have done. A nice little ego
+boost!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935191264/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Having a look inside by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3778/11935191264_007cb56ff0_c.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="Having a look inside" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Having a look inside</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Marine life in the Mediterranean is actually pretty sparse compared to
+everywhere else I&#8217;ve ever dived, the area has been heavily overfished and even
+with Kaş being in the middle of a conservation area there&#8217;s not a lot of fish
+around. I did see a lot of tiny stuff like nudibranches, but pretty much no schools
+of fish, and even very few individual fish.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11934780975/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Group photo by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/11934780975_5e57d070ee_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Group photo" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Group photo</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>I got to do a dive at the Dakota, a Turkish Red Cross plane (a DC3) which was
+bought, stripped and sunk as an artificial reef. Because it&#8217;s not a plane that&#8217;s
+crashed, the whole thing is intact and it&#8217;s really quite surreal to see what is
+a somewhat large plane, 30 odd meters underwater with fish swimming through
+it. It&#8217;s pretty cool to get to have a look through the cockpit window and swim
+around and have a look at the propellers and the tail fin, and even penetrate
+into the hull of the plane.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935009263/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me @ The Dakota DC3 by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3753/11935009263_54404c9d38_c.jpg" width="800" height="534" alt="Me @ The Dakota DC3" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Me @ The Dakota DC3</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>I also dived a few shipwrecks in the area, some steel ones that were quite
+obviously ships, and some wooden ones of which very little was left. Some of the
+wooden ones were at least somewhat modern, as the things that remained were PVC
+piping and a ceramic toilet! Others were much much older, with broken amphora
+(ancient ceramic jars) and ancient stone boat anchors being all that was still
+evidence that it was a ship.</p>
+
+<p>While in Kaş I got in touch with some people through couchsurfing and met up
+with them; Ümit, a Turkish dude who spun fire poi and Maie-Anna, a girl from
+Germany who lives in Kaş now and was bursting at the seams with energy. I ended
+up going out dancing with them at the very basic local nightclub that played
+very trashy music but it was lots of fun.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935604836/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Fire poi by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11935604836_7e412e1909_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Fire poi" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Fire poi</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>After Kaş I headed to Olympos, a sleepy little village right near the ruins of
+the ancient city of Olympos. I stayed in a great hostel that had a huge outdoor
+area consisting of tree-house lounges and hammocks, which I made extensive use of
+in the week I stayed there.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11934879555/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Olympos, Hammockville by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5548/11934879555_5f87af50b6_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Olympos, Hammockville" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Olympos, Hammockville</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>Every morning there was a huge buffet breakfast that filled me up enough so I
+didn&#8217;t really need to eat lunch, and then also a huge delicious buffet dinner,
+all included in the accommodation. All for ~$20 a day!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935385724/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/11935385724_4c8b4c059c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Sample of the nightly buffet, included with the accomodation</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>It was a great chance to unwind after travelling too fast, for too long, and
+finally de-stress a bit. I had lots of much needed alone time, sometimes
+wandering off and finding a spot to myself where hours would pass without even
+hearing another person.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935076383/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Large arch at Olympos by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/11935076383_0a1a5e54ae_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Large arch at Olympos" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Large arch at Olympos</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>My week consisted of walks down to the beach, practicing my poi, and lying in
+hammocks reading. It was a lovely way to unwind.</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935090743/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Ruined castle poi by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/11935090743_14c3dab717_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="Ruined castle poi" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Ruined castle poi</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>One day I climbed up to the ruins of an old castle up on the hill. The path
+leading up to it passed by lots of overgrown brickwork up to the castle, where
+the remnants of a two storey building with a few arch doorways were still
+standing. I could see where the floor of the second floor would have been, with
+the regularly spaced holes in the wall where the floorboard supports would have
+been. Another day I swam out to a not-so-secret cave and found that some of the
+ground I was standing on taking photos that earlier day was actually on top of
+an huge arch, probably 40 meters above the water and rocks. Eeek!</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935285354/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Hilltop castle by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7359/11935285354_47513ae588_c.jpg" width="601" height="800" alt="Hilltop castle" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Hilltop castle</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+<p>The last place of note I visited in Turkey was up to Mount Chimaera, where
+fire spews out from holes in the ground which was really neat to witness.
+Apparently the locations of the fires change daily as some fires go out and
+others new ones spark up. Stories tell that the fires used to be bright enough
+for the ships to see, so it was sort of like a ancient lighthouse for the area.
+It&#8217;s also where the original Olympic flame came from, and has reportedly burned
+continuously for 2500 years</p>
+
+<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11935144653/in/set-72157639724831244" title="The natural fires of Mount Chimaera by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/11935144653_e621d7e506_c.jpg" width="800" height="601" alt="The natural fires of Mount Chimaera" class="img-responsive"><br><em>The natural fires of Mount Chimaera</em></a></p>
+</p>
+
+ ]]></content>
+ </entry>
+
+ <entry>
+ <title type="html"><![CDATA[
Istanbul, Turkey
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2014/01/03/istanbul-turkey"/>
- <updated>2014-01-03T15:01:00-05:00</updated>
+ <updated>2014-01-03T15:01:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2014/01/03/istanbul-turkey</id>
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<p>After flying into Istanbul Attaturk airport we spent the morning hiding out at
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A New Blog For The New Year
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2014/01/01/a-new-blog-for-the-new-year"/>
- <updated>2014-01-01T14:13:00-05:00</updated>
+ <updated>2014-01-01T14:13:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2014/01/01/a-new-blog-for-the-new-year</id>
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<p>It&#8217;s 2014 and you&#8217;ll probably notice things look quite a bit different. I&#8217;ve
@@ -257,7 +682,7 @@ me know if you notice anything that looks broken.</p>
Spreepark, Berlin
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/12/05/spreepark-berlin"/>
- <updated>2013-12-05T20:11:00-05:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-12-05T20:11:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/12/05/spreepark-berlin</id>
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<p>Breaking chronology for a change because I love these photos so much.</p>
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Rwanda, Gorillas, Genocide
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/24/rwanda-gorillas-genocide"/>
- <updated>2013-11-24T18:39:00-05:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-11-24T18:39:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/24/rwanda-gorillas-genocide</id>
<content type="html"><![CDATA[
<p>As we approached Rwanda, the terrain started getting a lot more hilly than that of Uganda. We got to the border and queued up to hand in our passports and get our visa, all the while with locals trying to cut in line. I got given some minor grief over not having printed out the acceptance letter for my visa. I did have it in digital form and the letter has a giant bar code that one would assume they’d scan, but apparently it’s easier to put bar codes on letters than it is to put bar code scanners at the border.</p>
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The signs and sights of the streets of East Africa
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/15/the-signs-and-sights-of-the-streets-of-east-africa"/>
- <updated>2013-11-15T17:41:00-05:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-11-15T17:41:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/15/the-signs-and-sights-of-the-streets-of-east-africa</id>
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<p class="flickr-image"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/sets/72157637321575513/" title="Thumbs up by Lucas the nomad, on Flickr"><img src="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/images/cache/5542/10676737816_a3febce946_c.jpg" alt="Thumbs up" height="800" width="586" class="img-responsive"><br><em>Thumbs up</em>
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Uganda - White Water Rafting, Tracking Chimps and Teaching Orphans
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/01/uganda-white-water-rafting-tracking-chimps-and"/>
- <updated>2013-11-01T19:02:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-11-01T19:02:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/11/01/uganda-white-water-rafting-tracking-chimps-and</id>
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<p>After crossing into Uganda our first stop was Jinja, the second largest city in Uganda and its unofficial extreme sports capital. We had a free day here to do whatever activities took our fancy; some people went and played mini-golf, some went and played regular golf, but I opted for white water rafting down the White Nile.</p>
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Kenya: The Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/10/07/kenya-the-masai-mara-and-lake-nakuru"/>
- <updated>2013-10-07T10:43:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-10-07T10:43:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/10/07/kenya-the-masai-mara-and-lake-nakuru</id>
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<p>So after leaving Tanzania we were destined for Kenya to visit the Masai Mara, however we ran into a bit of trouble actually getting into Kenya. Everyone&#8217;s visa got sorted out nice and quickly, but there was some sort of hold up involving the truck. Something to do with the truck&#8217;s registration being changed over from English to Namibian and us not having the right <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnet_de_Passages">Carnet de Passage</a> to go with it.</p>
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Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/30/serengeti-national-park-and-the-ngorongoro-crater"/>
- <updated>2013-09-30T15:14:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-30T15:14:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/30/serengeti-national-park-and-the-ngorongoro-crater</id>
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<p>So the main draw card for visiting Tanzania was in fact not to go and laze about Zanzibar, rather it was to go and visit the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, some of Africa&#8217;s best known big game parks.</p>
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Zanzibar & Tanzania
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/23/zanzibar-tanzania"/>
- <updated>2013-09-23T00:03:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-23T00:03:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/23/zanzibar-tanzania</id>
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<p>My arrival in Dar Es Salaam was pretty smooth and trouble free. I applied for my visa on arrival, along with probably 60% of the people on the flight. I was a bit slow filling out the forms and was probably one of the last people to hand in the paperwork, but it seemed like they used a LIFO queue (last in, first out) to process things so my name was soon called and I had to squeeze my way through the crowd of people waiting and get my passport.</p>
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South Africa
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/16/south-africa"/>
- <updated>2013-09-16T00:02:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-16T00:02:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/16/south-africa</id>
<content type="html"><![CDATA[
<p>So while in South Africa I managed to see the two main places people go, Johannesburg and Cape Town, which are pretty much at opposite ends of any spectrum you can imagine. Safety, things to do, how pretty the city is&#8230; Johannesburg ranks very low and Cape Town generally ranks pretty well.</p>
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Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and back
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/09/johannesburg-to-victoria-falls-and-back"/>
- <updated>2013-09-09T00:02:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-09T00:02:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/09/johannesburg-to-victoria-falls-and-back</id>
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<p>I changed my flight to South Africa to be a day sooner in order to get to Johannesburg in time on Monday morning to go on a week long tour up to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and back. Booking in on this tour was a bit of a spur of the moment thing, I&#8217;d only found out about it&#8217;s existence the Wednesday beforehand; I checked if I could change my flights and if there was room on the bus, then got flights moved and got myself booked in.</p>
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Travelling light... or not
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/03/travelling-light-or-not"/>
- <updated>2013-09-03T08:17:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-03T08:17:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/03/travelling-light-or-not</id>
<content type="html"><![CDATA[
<p>So I set out on this trip aiming to travel light, with just a 46 Litre backpack and a daypack, but after nearly 4 months on the road I put up the white flag.</p>
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India Flying solo, at one with the chaos - India Part 4
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/02/india-flying-solo-at-one-with-the-chaos-india-part-4"/>
- <updated>2013-09-02T16:06:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-09-02T16:06:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/09/02/india-flying-solo-at-one-with-the-chaos-india-part-4</id>
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<p>On my first morning alone in Udaipur I went for a bit of an aimless wander around, and ended up at the zoo, which with my typical travel luck, was closed that day. I had a bit of a walk around the gardens surrounding it which were very nice, and sat in the shade reading a book for a few hours.</p>
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Three girls, a guy and a tour guide - Part 3
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/26/three-girls-a-guy-and-a-tour-guide-part-3"/>
- <updated>2013-08-26T00:02:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-08-26T00:02:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/26/three-girls-a-guy-and-a-tour-guide-part-3</id>
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<p>The next morning half the tour group boarded a train heading to Delhi to finish up their tour, but the 4 of us staying on and Moon went and got a local bus heading to a little village called Nimaj Bagh. The place were were staying was an old palace turned into a hotel, with beautifully painted trims on all the doorways, arches and windows. The place also had a pool which we hung out in all afternoon, making the heat a whole lot more bearable.</p>
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Train stations parties until the little hours of the night - India Part 2
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/19/train-stations-parties-until-the-little-hours-of-the"/>
- <updated>2013-08-19T00:02:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-08-19T00:02:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/19/train-stations-parties-until-the-little-hours-of-the</id>
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<p>The overnight train the second time around, from Varanasi to near Agra, was a bit of an ordeal. We showed up at the station at 21:00, one hour before the train was scheduled to depart at 22:00, and were soon told that the train had been delayed a few hours, now expected at 00:00. We went into the upper class and sleeper class reserved seating area to sit and wait and found it was full of people sleeping on the benches. One of the guys checking people were allowed to be in there went around and woke some people up, clearing enough seats so everyone could at least sit down.</p>
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Frustration - India Part 1
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/13/frustration-india-part-1"/>
- <updated>2013-08-13T13:24:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-08-13T13:24:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/08/13/frustration-india-part-1</id>
<content type="html"><![CDATA[
<p>I&#8217;m going to prefix this by apologising that it&#8217;s ridiculously long; I really understand that quote &#8220;I&#8217;m sorry for the length of this letter but I didn&#8217;t have time to write a shorter one&#8221;. I&#8217;m struggling to keep up, this will probably be the last post I write in this format, which is probably for the best. I&#8217;m going to post this as 4 parts as I get the chance, photos will have to wait until I&#8217;m somewhere with reasonable internets.</p>
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Thailand
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/06/30/thailand"/>
- <updated>2013-06-30T16:48:00-04:00</updated>
+ <updated>2013-06-30T16:48:00-06:00</updated>
<id>http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/06/30/thailand</id>
<content type="html"><![CDATA[
<p>My first day in Thailand I flew into Koh Saumi and got a minibus transfer to Chaweng beach. After looking at a few places that seems pretty average for the price, and generally remembering how nasty Chaweng was, I found some free wifi and looked up some places on Trip Advisor and decided to head to Lamai beach and try a few places there.</p>
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Wake Up Call
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<link href="http://www.lucasthenomad.com/2013/06/29/wake-up-call"/>
- <updated>2013-06-29T04:27:00-04:00</updated>