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    • Day 129

      Tag 129 - Göreme

      November 20, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      60 km / 4965 km - 6 / 504 Stunden

      Ausgaben:

      0 € / 52,5 € Transport (Fähre, etc.)
      4 € / 957 € Lebensmittel
      0 € / 794 € Unterkunft
      0 € / 220,5 € Eintrittspreise
      0 € / 152,5 € Anschaffungen
      0 € / 84 € Ersatzteile
      0 € / 52 € Visum

      4 € / 2288,5 € Gesamt

      Als es heller wurde, stellte ich überrascht fest, wie viele Ausgänge unsere Höhle doch hat. Es waren insgesamt acht. Und durch alle drang Licht herein. Sogar bis in den Raum, in welchem Lukas und ich die Zelte aufgeschlagen hatten.
      Ich dachte zuerst, dass das wohl der Raum in der Mitte der Höhle sein musste und am abgeschiedensten von allen, aber nein. Es leuchtete sogar bis zum Zelt.

      Ich drehte als erstes eine Runde um die Höhle, weil ich das ganze Ausmaß mal bei Tageslicht sehen wollte. So viele der Eingänge waren gut getarnt und ich brauchte gute zwanzig Minuten, bis ich einmal herum war.

      Nachdem wir gepackt hatten, erkundeten wir dann noch die restlichen Gänge.
      Während dieser Runde stießen wir auf ein Schaf, welches verletzt vor einem der Eingänge lag.
      Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, dass das vorhin da gelegen hat. An eben diesem Eingang bin ich doch definitiv vorbei gekommen.
      Wir wussten nicht, was wir tun sollten. Also haben wir den einen Schäfer herbei geholt und in der Zwischenzeit dem Schaf etwas Wasser gegeben. Der Hirte war da weniger zimperlich. Beherzt wurde das Schaf am Fell hochgezogen und mit Schlägen dazu bewegt, zur Herde zurückzukehren.
      Unterdessen hörten wir unbekannte Stimmen in der Höhle.
      Nach einigen Minuten kamen ein paar Türken heraus, die sich auch gerade die Höhle ansahen. Einen kurzen Plausch später waren sie auch schon wieder fort.

      Gegen elf stiegen wir dann auf die Räder und setzten unseren Weg fort. Heute sollte es noch bis Göreme gehen. Aber die Straße zog sich endlos dahin und bot nicht viel Abwechslung. In Nevşehir wurde erst zu Abend gegessen, bevor wir die letzten zwölf Kilometer nach Göreme in Angriff nahmen.
      Die Dunkelheit war bereits über uns herein gebrochen, als wir endlich im Tal ankamen.

      Song des Tages
      Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
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    • Day 133

      Tag 133 - Göreme

      November 24, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      0 km / 5025 km - 0 / 514 Stunden

      Ausgaben:

      0 € / 52,5 € Transport (Fähre, etc.)
      0 € / 957 € Lebensmittel
      0 € / 794 € Unterkunft
      115 € / 335,5 € Eintrittspreise
      0 € / 154,5 € Anschaffungen
      0 € / 84 € Ersatzteile
      0 € / 52 € Visum

      115 € / 2405,5 € Gesamt

      Heute ist mein Geburtstag.
      Aber das weiß noch keiner.

      Gestern haben wir uns entschlossen, mit dem Ballon zu fahren. Also suchten wir die unterschiedlichen Veranstalter ab, um den günstigsten und besten zu finden. Unsere Suche bewegte uns sogar bis nach Avanos.
      Mit 115 € fanden wir dann unseren Veranstalter doch direkt vor der Tür in Göreme.

      So ging es heute morgen schon vor sechs Uhr raus. Alle Leute mussten eingesammelt und zum Ballon gefahren werden. Es dauerte länger, als uns lieb war. Die Bedingungen waren schlechter, als gedacht und so brauchten die Ballone einige Zeit länger als üblich, um sich zu erheben.

      Es war kalt. Aber das war zu erwarten. Ich trug nahezu jedes Kleidungsstück, das ich dabei hatte. Und somit war mir warm. Zu warm nach einigen Minuten, aber in der Luft würde es nochmal anziehen.
      Der Ballon hob sehr schnell ab und wir erreichten als erste eine schwindelerregende Höhe. Aber die Aussicht lohnte sich. In alle Richtungen gab es noch mehr zu sehen, als das was wir schon die Tage vorher zu Fuß erkundet haben.
      Fabelhaft und noch schöner, als wir es uns versprochen hatten, lag Kappadokien unter uns.

      So eine Ballonfahrt kann nicht lange genug gehen. Unser Ballonfahrer dachte sich das wohl auch. Und so bekamen weit über 90 Minuten Freude an der Landschaft. Und das mit einigen tollen Flugeinlagen. Ich war erstaunt, wie gut man doch einen Ballon lenken kann, wenn man es darauf anlegt.
      Und so landeten wir sogar punktgenau und ohne Mühen direkt auf dem Hänger für den Ballon.

      Den restlichen Tag verbrachten wir im Hostel bei dem kleinen Hund und den Katzen und kümmerten uns um die Räder. Irgendwann kam Lukas darauf, dass heute mein Geburtstag ist und wir gingen alle fünf essen.
      Unterwegs fanden wir einen kleinen Welpen auf der Straße, der wohl die Schwester von dem im Hostel sein musste.
      Also nahmen wir sie kurzerhand mit. Da schon alles schlief, kam sie mit auf unser Zimmer und bekam ein eigenes Bett. Sie freute sich so sehr, bei uns im warmen zu sein, dass sie gleich einschlief.
      Wir waren zufrieden. Das war ein toller Tag.

      Song des Tages
      Time - Sweet
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    • Day 141

      Exhausting but amazing travel day

      August 9, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      Miles: 1.5 Steps: 3533
      Flights stairs: 15

      We had a long travel day today, but it was all worth it once we got to our destination!!!

      Took an hour taxi to the Istanbul airport, flew 2 hours to Kayseri airport, and then boarded a group shuttle van for another 90 min ride. The last part was so bumpy and curvy - But we made it safe and sound to Cappadocia, Turkey!! It’s been a bucket list city for me for years, and can’t believe I’m actually finally here! It’s a village built in and amongst caves and what they call fairy chimneys.

      We didn’t get to see much yet as we got in around 6:00. Found dinner and that’s about it so far, but just wow!!! I feel like I’ve been transported to another dimension. It literally is magical.

      We’re staying in an actual cave in the side of the hill and it’s fantastic. Dinner may have been one of the best yet. Just chicken, rice, carrots and potatoes … but so much flavor in everything. Tried a Turkish dessert - Katmer - phyllo dough, pistachios and cream!! Seemed like it had honey on it as well. And then followed with a hot pomegranite tea. Soooo yummy.
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    • Day 4

      Dag 4 - Van Turkye na Cappadocia

      August 9, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      Vandag se Pikkewyn gaan nie baie lank wees nie, aangesien ons vandag nie besonders baie gedoen het nie. Ons is vroeg oggend wakker en het toe gou gepak en toe koers gekies na die Asia kant van Turkye om ons karretjie te gaan huur. Ons het toe besluit om 'n geel taxi te vat, vir die ervaring daarvan, maar ook oor ons nie lus was vir al die klipperige paaie, heuwels op en so aan met die swaar tasse tot by die publieke vervoer nie. Almal waarsku mens dat die "locals" altyd probeer voordeel uit toeriste trek en dis rerig so. Die metertjie het gewys TRY120, maar die ou het volstrek dat hy nie ons bagasie gaan gee as ons nie TRY220 gee nie, oor hy deur die tonnel onderdeur die see gery het. Aan die Asië kant het ons gou ons karretjie gehuur, ontbyt gaan eet en ons roadtrip beplan. Dis die eerste keer wat ons iewers gekom het waar NIEMAND 'n woord Engels verstaan nie en ons het toe nou maar van die prentjies af bestel, aangesien alles in Turks was. Ons is toe vinnig na die Mall toe vir 'n kar laaier. Die elektroniese goed is spot goedkoop hier! Die Asië kant is baie meer modern, stiller en ontwikkeld. Ons het toe ons groot roadtrip aangepak en het lekker gery. Die spoedgrens hier is 140km/h, wat dit aansienlik geriefliker vir ons gemaak het! Hulle het elke 30 km of so 'n petrolstasie en groot winkel en so. Hulle paaie is baie mooi en die natuur is ook pragtig. Ons het so 19:00 in Cappadocia aangekom en is toe gou na 'n koffiewinkel toe om vir ons verblyf te soek. Ons het onsself in 'n grot hotel ingebook en dit is ongelooflik! En bonus! Hier is 'n aircon, wat definitief verwelkom word, want ons het nou al wild warm gekry! Na ons ingecheck het, het ons gou gery en sommer wegneemetes gekry, natuurlik steeds Turkse kossies... Vanaand vat ons 'n vroeë aand, sodat ons more weer vars en gereed is vir al die volgende advonture!
      Groete en liefde uit ons Grot uit!♡

      Today's Penguin isn't that long, seeing that wr didn't do that much today. We woke up early, packed our stuff and went to the Asian side of Turkey to go and hire a car. We decided to take a Yellow Taxi, for both the experience and the fact that we did not want to run up the rocky hills with out heavy baggage to the public transport. Everyone warns you that the local people always try to take advantage of the tourists and that is definitely true. Eventhough the meter said that we should only pay TRY 120,the driver refused to gove us our luggage if we don't pay him TRY220. Apparently the extra 100 was because he had to drive through the tunnel. We rented our car, went for breakfast (we ordered our food from pictures, seeing that no one understood ANY English and the menu was in Turkish) and then quickly went to the mall to go buy a car charger. The Asian side is a lot more developed, quiter and modern. We then embarked on our journey to Cappadocia. The speed limit is 140 km/h and that definitely made our lifes better. The roads here are in great condition and they have a petrol station every 30 km or so. The scenery is also beautiful. We reached Cappadocia around 19:00 and quickly went to a coffee shop to look for accommodation. We booked into a Cave hotel and it's amazing! It's definitely a bonus to have an Aircon, because this place gets HOT. We then quickly left to go and get Takeaways (Still Turkish food) and now we are taking an early night, to rest our for all the other adventures that awaits us...
      All our love from our cave!♡
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    • Day 5

      Dag 5 - Cappadocia

      August 10, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Ons het vandag 'n baie rustige dag gehad. Die toere wat ons wou doen was vol bespreek en ons het toe besluit dat ons nog die volgende twee aande hier sal slaap, om te doen wat ons moet. Ons gaan more die Rooitoer doen, dan oormore lugballon ry en die Groentoer doen. Ons het perongeluk deur ons alarm geslaap, wat gestel was om na die lugballonne te gaan kyk en toe eers bietjie later wakker geword. More probeer ons weer! Na ons opgestaan en klaar gemaak het, het ons 'n rerige erige Turkse ontbyt by die hotel gekry. Dis ongelooflik! Hulle pak klompie kosse, smere en konfyte vir jou uit en jy hou dan jou feesmaal... So lekker! Na dit het ons gou Mall toe gegaan om 'n paar goedjies te kry en toe verder rondgery en alles gekyk. Die grotte en goed is merkwaardig en nie iets wat mens in woorde kan verduidelik nie! Al die mense hier is baie vriendelik en mens kan nogal goed regkom met prentjies en Google Translate wanneer mens niks verstaan nie! Almal hier dink ons is Russe vir een of ander rede. Die vroutjie by die Grot hotel is so oulik en help ons so mooi om alles te reël. Vandag se gebeure was nie eintlik enige iets baie interessant nie, so ek gaan nou maar net 'n paar goedjies vertel wat vir ons interessant is. Van die goed het ek al genoem, jammer as ek myself herhaal! Alles hier is vrek goedkoop. Ons het vanaand geëet vir R250. Dit het ingesluit twee vol borde kos, een sop met broodjies, 4 botteltjies water, 'n Coke en 'n sap (Ek het die fout gemaak om nie te weet wat ek bestel nie, en toe perongeluk Black Carrot root sap bestel, beveel dit GLAD NIE aan nie!). Dit was 'n plekkie in die mall gewees waar ons geëet het en dit wil vir my soos 'n kitskos plek vir hulle voorkom. Baie interessant vir ons was, as hulle klaar jou kos gegee het, kom hulle ook verby met ek is nie seker of dit vet of olie is wat kook nie, maar gooi dan sommer so hele blerts vir jou oor jou kos! Mens proe sommer die kolestrol, maar lekker bly lekker... Die Turke is vreeslik lief vir vleis, kaas en brood, wat ons natuurlik pas! Alkohol is baie baie duur hier. Almal kyk na die straat diere... Daar word oral vir hulle kossies, water en melk uitgesit. Dit is ook vir ons verbasend hoe rustig die honde is en dis GROOT brakke, nie die algemene Suid-Afrikaanse brak nie! Hulle blaf vir niks en niemand nie, loop maar net rond en slaap waar hulle wil. Ons het die oulikste baba woef vandag gesien, wat net so rustig was, waarvoor ons toe maar water gegee het! Hulle bestuur aan die regterkant van die pad en uiteraard is die stuurwiel ook aan die linkerkant. Ons loop daagliks na die verkeerde kant toe, lag en loop dan maar weer om na die regte kant toe. Dit maak mens nogal deurmekaar! Dis nie net die kos wat so goedkoop is nie, maar ook klere en elektrieseware. Dis amper 'n probleem dat alles so goedkoop is, want dan wil mens net koop, koop en KOOP! Baie van hulle paaie, veral in Istanbul is met blokkies klip gelê en raas vreeslik as mens 'n tas oor dit probeer sleep! Hulle selfoon sein/wifi is ook fantasties! Mens sukkel amper nêrens met dit nie... Behalwe in ons Grot, hier sukkel ons! Dis ook die rede vir die Pikkewyne wat eers 'n dag later gepost word, maar ek skryf hulle darm op die rerige dag. Goed, dit is dan nou al vir vandag!
      Groete en liefde!♡

      Today we had a very chilled day. All of the tours we wanted to book was fully booked and we then decided that we will spend the next two nights here as well, to do everything we want. We will be doing the Red tour tomorrow and then the Air balloon and Green tour the day after. We accidentally slept through our alarm to go and see the Air balloons this morning, so we will try again tomorrow morning! So we slept in and then had a real Turkish breakfast. It's AMAZING! They have all of these little foods, pastries, spreads and stuff that they pack out for you on your table and then you have your own little food festival. We quickly went to the Mall afterwards and then we drove around, doing some sightseeing. The caves and places are not something one can describe in words. It's incredible! Everyone here is super friendly and you can manage quite nicely with Google Translate and pictures when you don't understand each other. The lady at the cave hotel is also very nice and she's so helpful with all the bookings and arrangements. Seeing that our day wasn't that interesting, I decided that I will name a few things that's interesting to me... Everything is so cheap here. Tonight we had dinner for R250. This included the following: 1 Coke, 1 Very disturbingly bad juice (I didn't know what I ordered and turns out it was black carrot root juice, it was disgusting!), 1 Soup with bread, two full meals and 4 bottles of water. We ate in the mall and I think it's like a type of fast food place. When your food arrives, they also come around with boiling fat/oil (I'm not 100% sure what it is) and throw some over your food. You can taste the cholesterol, but it's still nice. The Turkish people loves meat, bread and cheese and that's obviously amazing to us... Alcohol is very very expensive here. Everyone looks after the stray cats and dogs. There's food, water and milk placed all over for them. The dogs are also super chilled. They don't bark at anyone and they just walk around and lay around where they want to. The stray dogs here are a lot bigger than the one's in we get in South Africa. We also saw the cutest puppy today and ended up giving it water. They drive on the right side of the road and of course that means that the steering wheel is situated on the left side. It's a daily thing for us to go to the wrong side of the car, laugh and then walk around to the right side. It's quite confusing! It's not only the food that's cheap, but also the clothes and electrical equipment. It's quite a problem, because with these prices, one just want to buy, buy and BUY! A lot of their roads, especially in Istanbul, are paved with small square rocks and it makes A LOT of noise trying to get your bag over it! They also have great network coverage. You don't struggle to signal anywhere, except for our cave that we live in at this stage. This is also the reason behind my late Penguins, eventhough I actually write them on the correct day. That will be all from our side for today...
      All our love♡♡♡
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    • Day 142

      Cappadocia, Turkey!

      August 10, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

      Miles: 4.6 steps: 12046
      Flights stairs: 41

      Cappadocia is THE place in the world for hot air ballooning. Hundreds of them launch every morning at sunrise. We decided we got to sleep too late to get up early the first morning, but I ended up waking up on my own around 6:00, so went to our terrace to see if it was too late or if it gave me a view or not. Was happy to be able to still see a little more than 60 in the sky!! I was looking into the sun so pics were difficult, but it was quite the sight.

      Usually when we’re in cities we get around on our own - subways, trams, buses, Uber, taxis - but here in this village, that’s not so easy. We either have to walk or take a tour. So today we took a group tour - highlights of cappadocia. It was okay. They showed us a few of the limestone formations (fairy chimneys), went to Panorama Point, to Goreme open air museum, a carpet weaving demonstration, imagination valley (formations that look like animals), and a pottery demonstration. It was all every interesting.

      I had no idea we were in the hub of the ancient Christian world - where they first settled after being pushed out of the Rome. Pretty crazy the history here. They settled here because it was so easy to “make” housing - all you needed was a hammer and chisel, and you could carve yourself a home. There were churches everywhere - small cut outs that could only hold 10 people or so with beautiful paintings on the walls.

      After the tour we went for a walk up to “Sunset viewpoint” for the sunset. It was pretty beautiful. Then headed back home to call it a day!
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    • Day 143

      Early morning

      August 11, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

      I usually just post once a day, but going to need two for today! We got up at 4:30 this morning and hiked up to the viewpoint to watch the hot air balloons launch. It was SPECTACULAR!! I’ve seen hot air balloons in Oregon, but there were so many more here combined with the sunrise and the landscape … phenomenal!! This is what I came to Cappadocia for! Not to necessarily ride in one, but to see literally hundreds of them fill the sky together like this. I WILL ride in one, but it will have to wait for a few more countries. 😃Read more

    • Day 6

      Dag 6 - Cappadocia

      August 11, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Ek het uiteindelik my alarm gehoor vanoggend en so het ons dag sommer vroeg vroeg begin... Ons was vroegoggend, vir sonsopkoms na die uitkyk punt om na al die lugballonne te kyk. Dit is weereens 'n belewenis wat nie in woorde beskryf kan word nie en voel so of ons in 'n fliek lewe! Ons is toe terug hotel toe, waar ons ontbyt geëet het en toe het die toerbussie ons kom oplaai. Ons het 'n lekker vol toer gehad en baie dinge gesien. Ons eerste stop was by die Imagination Valley, waar daar rotse is wat soos klomp verskillende goed lyk. Die duidelikste een, soos 'n kameel. Van daar was ons na die buitelug museum, wat ook 'n kerk in een van die rotse bevat. Mens mag ongelukkig glad nie foto's van of in die "kerk" neem nie en die ou wat daar werk is rerig baie kwaai! Laat my aan 'n Mafia mannetjie dink! Dit is nogsteeds 'n ongelooflike belewenis, veral om te sien hoe die mense die rotse, wat eintlik meer soos sand is, uitgehol en verander het om in te bly. Volgende was ons Monk Valley toe, waar die Monks gebly het... Ook in die grotte! Damian het in een van die huisies opgeklouter, maar ek het besluit dis vir my veiliger om buite te bly en 'n foto of twee van hom te neem. Die roomysmannetjie was ook vol dinge en grappe en net voor ons weggeloop het, het hy my linkerhand gegryp en vir my 'n cone as ring opgesit... Ons is toe na die Onyx en Souvenir winkel toe. Daar het hulle ons gewys hoe hulle Onyx sny en polish, nogal interessant! Hulle het ook klomp verskillende juwele daar. Ons het toe gou gestop vir middagete, ook in 'n grot, wat baie lekker koel was. Ons is toe na die Pottery plek toe, waar hulle ons gewys het hoe hulle al die verskillende borde en bakkies en so uit die klei uit maak. Baie indrukwekkend! Ons het die toer afgesluit by die Panoramic uitkyk punt, waar mens kon foto's neem. Dit was 'n baie lekker dag, maar vrek warm, aangesien die bussie se aircon nie gewerk het nie en dit mens nogals kan uitbrand. Na ons by die hotel afgelaai is, het ons gou gaan aandete eet en is ons nou in die bed, want moreoggend is 'n BAIE vroeë oggend!
      Al ons groete en liefde!♡

      I finally heard my alarm this morning and with that our day started nice and early... We woke up early, for sunrise and went to the viewing point to go and see the hot air balloons. It's really something one cannot explain in words and it felt like we were living in a movie! We then went back to the hotel, had some breakfast and then the tourbus came to pick us up. We had a nice and full tour and saw a lot of different things. Our first stop was at Imagination Valley, were the boulders looks like a lot of different things. The most significant one, like a camel. From there we went to the Outdoor Museum, which also contains a church in one of the boulders. Unfortunately one is not allowed to take any photos of the church or inside of the church. The guy working there was very strict and makes me think of someone in the Mafia. It's quite an experience to see how the people changed these boulders, which is more like sand, into a living space. Next we went to the Monk Valley, were the Monks used to live, also in caves/boulders. Damian climbed into one of the houses, but I decided it's safer for me to stay outside and take a photo or two. The ice cream guy was full of jokes and just before we left, he grabbed my hand and put a cone ring on it... We then went to the Onyx and Souvenir shop. There they showed us how they cut and polish the Onyx, quite interesting! They also sell a lot of jewellery there. We quickly stopped for lunch after that, that was also in a cave. We then went to the Pottery place, where they showed us how they make all the plates, bowls and so out of clay. Very impressive! We ended of the tour at the Panoramic View, where one could take photos. It was a very nice day, but extremely hot, seeing that the aircon of the bus didn't work... After they dropped us at the hotel, we quickly went for dinner and then hopped into bed, as we have a VERY early morning tomorrow!
      All our love ♡
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    • Day 143

      Cappodocia!!

      August 11, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      Miles: 2.0 Steps: 7450
      Flights stairs: 20

      Later in the evening we went on three hour ATV sunset tour of the different valleys. Jordan had never driven a 4-wheeler so had a blast. She had ridden on them, but was never old enough to drive.

      The tour was fantastic. We were in a group of about 15 with three guides who took us everywhere. When we would get to viewing spots, we would then see exactly how many ATV tours were going on .. there were hundreds of them!! But most of the time when we were driving, we felt very isolated or alone. Shows how big of an area this is.

      The day ended as it began. Us sitting on a hillside watching the sun do it’s thing … sunrise to sunset. Gorgeous day!
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    • Day 144

      Last day in Cappadocia

      August 12, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

      Miles: 1.0 Steps: 2424
      Flights stairs: 3

      We had a lazy day today - slept in, sat on the terrace over looking the city, and continued to plan the last of our countries. Only left to hit the ATM and for dinner.

      We’ve found a restaurant we like here VERY much and have gone back 3 of our 4 nights. A waiter has adopted us and treated us like gold. Gave us free Turkish Pomegranate tea every night. (which by the way, is awesome). Tonight he suggested we order pottery kebabs, the food of Cappadocia - so we did. It comes flaming to the table. Basically just a really tender pot roast. At the end of dinner, he came over and sat down with us for about 20 min. Learned all about him and his life (Immigrant from Afghanistan). I was kind of shocked, but it was really nice talking and learning about his life and culture. He may have been possibly interested in dating Jordan. 😃

      We’ve felt very safe here in Göreme, but the roads are something else. The whole city is torn apart and cars are constantly just spinning their wheels in the gravel trying to get up the hills. It’s very interesting, and at times looks war torn.
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