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+title: "Turkey"
+date: 2014-02-06 11:03
+tags: Turkey, Mediterranean
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+
+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.
+
+<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11922915693/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Me in front of my cave hotel in Göreme 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 Göreme"></a>
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+
+We went on several tours that took us around to many of the highlights of the area.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+We visited Derinkuyo, the underground city that'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 & dark ones where you
+pretty much had to crawl. We were told that the estimated capacity of the city
+was about 5000 people.
+
+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 "wow, I'd never even though about that"
+moment abut the pigeon holes that teachers have in their staff rooms; they
+really do look quite similar.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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't actually find
+them all that interesting so I was glad their part of the show was short.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+There were many other styles of dancing with the men and women in some very
+fancy costumes, and of course some belly dancing.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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 "stage" and copy
+the "seductive" 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).
+
+I got up early my last morning in Göreme to see the hot air balloons flying
+over. We didn't actually go up in one because we'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.
+
+<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasthenomad/11926395756/in/set-72157639724831244" title="Lots of ballons over Göreme 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 Göreme"></a>
+
+From Göreme we got the night bus to Antalya down on the Mediterranean coast, and
+learnt our lesson in "a night on a bus does not really get you an extra day
+anywhere" 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.
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+There was a cool pedestrian street with 100s of open umbrellas
+making a sort of shade over it which made some great photos.
+
+<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!"></a>
+
+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.
+
+Luke and I had a "small" 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
+[Neelix](https://soundcloud.com/neelix) 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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's all good and
+we apparently had. Quiet drinks fail.
+
+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,
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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'd spoken to about them, and it lived up
+to the expectations.
+
+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.
+
+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.
+
+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.
+
+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'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.
+
+I'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's crack.
+
+Finally I'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
+
+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's covered in
+women in bikini's posing for their boyfriends for their next Facebook avatars.
+
+<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!"></a>
+
+Most of the slope has water running down it most of the time (I'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'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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+At the top you see there's a lot of plumbing and artificial terraces, making it
+feel a bit like a natural treasure that'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'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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's a good thing what they're doing.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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'll find bikini clad girls posing in an ancient amphitheatre, and
+on other ancient ruins.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's no hot water
+and there's some festival going on outside until late into the night making tons
+of noise and the windows block nothing. In short it'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've stayed in plenty
+of worse hostels, but they weren't claiming to be hotels.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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'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've got the place
+almost to yourself.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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'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 *rolls eyes* so very
+philanthropic they tend to be.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's day.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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'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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+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's extremely pretty, but not an effect that translated very
+well to still photos, or even video, but trust me I tried!
+
+<div class="videowrapper"><iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7hRSuxPWIrM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
+
+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'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?
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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... 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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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're clipped loosely at his sides instead), a setup I'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!
+
+<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"></a>
+
+Marine life in the Mediterranean is actually pretty sparse compared to
+everywhere else I've ever dived, the area has been heavily overfished and even
+with Kaş being in the middle of a conservation area there'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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's not a plane that's
+crashed, the whole thing is intact and it's really quite surreal to see what is
+a somewhat large plane, 30 odd meters underwater with fish swimming through
+it. It'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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+Every morning there was a huge buffet breakfast that filled me up enough so I
+didn't really need to eat lunch, and then also a huge delicious buffet dinner,
+all included in the accommodation. All for ~$20 a day!
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+My week consisted of walks down to the beach, practicing my poi, and lying in
+hammocks reading. It was a lovely way to unwind.
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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!
+
+<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"></a>
+
+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's also where the original Olympic flame came from, and has reportedly burned
+continuously for 2500 years
+
+<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"></a>
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