Turkey was a surprise. Like opening a Christmas gift from an aunt who always gives you potpourri only to discover a beautiful treasure. Totally surprising and totally good. Turkey has never been on my list of places to see. All I knew about Turkey was that it is where kebabs come from. This was true. However, it turns out they eat a lot of other food that is fresh, delicious and cheap. Not to mention turkish sweets (drool). Food aside the country is magnificent. The beaches are some of the most beautiful places I’ve wet my hair in and I’m rather the beach connoisseur. If you go in the off season you’ll have them all to yourself and still have perfect sunny weather everyday. It was also a place that seemed easy to have an adventure in. Go for a stroll up the beach and suddenly you’re on a track that snakes along the coast for miles. Hire some bikes for the day and end up exploring the moonscape terrain in Cappadocia. Anything seems possible and everything is easy. The Turkish people were very hospitable and often seemed to be looking out for us. For example, one day I had gone off exploring ruins at 12pm. It’s pretty hot and three hours later while waiting for the bus in the blaring sun I probably didn’t look my best-imagine a kind of sweaty red tomato. A guy drives past on his scooter and says “hey, I take you to town!”. I’m like nope sorry, did stranger danger in primary school and no can do. He doesn’t understand this and says “you look very hot and all ….”. I totally understand how I look. “You want some water?” he asks. I reply “oh no thank you I’m fine”. He shakes his head at me and gives me the water. Then, as he rides off, he throws me an apple and says “you eat this”. Another thing I loved about Turkey was that there are ruins everywhere. Nothing like walking through piles of rubble where magnificent and powerful cities once stood to remind you of how mortal we all are. So that’s why you should visit Turkey! To be reminded of your mortality, eat, relax on beaches and adventure. My only regret after visiting Turkey is that I didn’t eat more turkish sweets.
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