We had no plans for New Years, so we were quite happy to spend the night at an Eco farm we had been staying at in order to celebrate with a twenty year old French guy, a Turkish women, and a German/Turkish man in his fifties who cooked us a wonderful meal. We spent the last few hours of 2014 playing an intense game of ass-hole which ended just thrifty seconds before the New Year in the most dramatic way possible which left us all howling with laughter. My brother, who had left the night before on what was suppose to be an eleven hour bus ride, spent New Years in the bus, as his ride ended up taking three times as long as it should have (32 hours) because of the snow. Thankfully, he still arrived in time to catch his flight back to university, and ended up experiencing the kindness of Turks as many of his fellow bus travelers gave him food and presents in order for his extra long journey to pass more smoothly.
The three of us then headed to Cappadocia, a region famous in Turkey for its funny rock formations, caves, and underground cities. Those of you who have been with us for a while may remember it as a few weeks ago Kevin and I came here with our bikes (click here for the blogpost about it), but even so, it was fun to visit again with my friend.
We visited the open air museum, a section of Cappaocia with many churches though we were quite unimpressed as we had found other churches and caves which were much more spectacular (and free) by just wandering around. These churches were built during the 10-12 century, because during that period of time, Turkey was primarily Christian. (Sorry practically no photos cause they weren’t allowed.) Many of the churches have beautiful frescos, though for the most part the people’s faces have been scratched out as many attempts to ruin them were made once the region converted to Islam.
We also visited an underground city which was very interesting as we had never seen anything like it before. The one we visited could hold up to 20,000 plus their livestock at one time, but boy would that cramped living underground have been miserable! They created these cities in order to escape persecution, so they had many protection features such as huge stone doors which would roll into place.
Updating the blog in our hotel room! Though in some ways it’s been nice for planning (we. Ought our flight fo Ushuaia, the very southern tip of Argentina, and even found a host) it’s been frustrating always having internet because I find myself wasting hours on it. Thankfully in one more week we will be truly disconnected once we start our journey through the Andes!! But don’t worry, the blog will continue, and if you would would like to find out how this blog works, even without internet, click on the link!