Last updated October 9, 2007
I find the people in Turkey very friendly, and a lot of them speak English,
especially in the tourist areas. There are internet cafes everywhere and they
are pretty cheap, from around 50 Euro cents an hour. The food is generally
pretty healthy, not too expensive, and flavourful. You can find markets where
they cell lots of exotic spices and teas, so make sure to stock up on Turkish
safron and other juicy stuff before leaving. All I've explored so far is the
southwest coast, and I'd say every little village along the coast is worth
visiting. Make sure to seek out the ruins.
Kadir's Treehouses is a popular
destination among backpackers, especially Australians. When I was there during
the winter, Kadir was busy in the US recruiting travelers to try and balance
the spectrum. He started his treehouses some 20 years and, by word of mouth, the
whole area has ballooned into many treehouse enterprises and pensions. Seems
like a major party place during the summer for young travelers and I am very
much looking forward to checking it out once the tourist season hits.
Backpackers have also told me Goreme < is a big place to go, located near Urgup, near Nevsehir, southeast of Ankara. Supposed to be a really nice and mountainous region worth visiting. I hope to organise tours there to and from Kadir's in the summer.
I was also highly suggested the mountainous region in the eastern part of the country, and then the Black Sea coast, both of which I plan to check out on my way back to Prague by July of 2007.
Cyprus is a great island, but expect to pay 30 TYL/month for liability insurance if you have a car (you can buy a year's worth for around 70 - look for "Gunes" travel insurance), and learn how to drive on the warrior knight's side of the road. The ferry can also be pricey, and car ferries leave from the mainland town of Tascucu < . It is almost a different country, so be prepared to go through customs and whip out your passport before getting on the ferry. If traveling with a Turkish mainland mobile phone sim card, make sure to get the roaming activated, which should be free.
I've read the British Council advisory website and I think you can consider
the entire thing a total joke. I guess they just don't want to be sued by their
own population for any possible damages, so they are painting the worst possible
picture. Might as well put the US on the most dangerous destinations in the
world, if you will be talking about terrorist attacks like that. Everywhere
I've been so far, the people are so laid back, relaxed and friendly, it is a
great pleasure. Sure, something can happen anywhere, but car accidents do a lot
more harm than terrorists (car accidents killing 60,000 people in the US within
three years after 911). So relax, dude.
Yes, you might be charged more than locals occasionally, but prices are cheap enough that you shouldn't even notice.
Your own country's mobile roaming service should work no problem, but if you
want to use a local sim card, be prepared for some crafty manipulation and a
lengthy visit to a Turkcell Extra office, usually only in the larger cities (you
need to register your phone with your passport).
Olympos, Kadir's treehouses and other places around it (Kadir's is one of the most expensive ones there are several more reasonable places around it.) is about 80 km's from downtown Antalya and 30 Km's from resort town Kemer, it may be a nice place to stay for a while, but during long winter months it may be kind of boring. Anyway after arriving here you can make your decision yourself.
Below are the couple of small towns that you might want to experience in southwestern Turkey:
Some experiences from a
trip I made to Bulgaria and Turkey a long time ago.
Later some details of my drive to Bodrum, Turkey, and then a drive along the southern coast of Turkey on my way to Cyrpus.
My reflections on the difference between
Islam and Christianity.
|Turkish word (phonetically spelt)||English meaning|
|Merrhubba||Hello (I like to say, "Merhaba bubba")|
|Mersee (merci, like French)||Thanks (less formal, but can invoke thoughts of the days when the country was ruled by France)|
|Goole goole||Goodbye (but as everywhere, people just LOVE saying 'bye bye' instead)|
|Nussusseen||How are you? (If you don't say "How are you?", you are an assassin)|
|Bir bira (my favourite)||One beer|
|Pishman||Sorry (think "peace man")|
|Shuludus (not sure of prononciation)||See you later|
|Arkadash||Friend (saying this word will win over many of their hearts)|
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