Just passing through

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
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Trip End May 04, 2006


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Monday, March 20, 2006

Beck: Howdy all. We're on our lightning visit to Konya and I'm makıng a special effort to get my "i"s right and put apostrophes instead of commas. Are you proud?
Konya is not exactly on the touist track (although plenty of people come here in summer), so I've attracted a few stares (hopefully just because I'm a foreigner, not just because I look like a total dag and can't tie a headscarf properly!), particularly in the Melvana museum, which is Konya's biggest attraction. Apparently Muslims from all over come to see it, so I suspect a few of the people in there are from smaller towns that don't get too many travellers. It was like been thrown suddenly back into Vietnam! Anyway, Melvanna was a guy in the Selçuk Empire around 13th century and he founded the Muslim sect that we call the Whirling Dervishes here (I can't remember their real name - they're the guys that wear big white coats and spin around in circles in devotion to Allah). The Museum contained the tombs of him and hıs family and a bunch of artefacts from the time - like clothes from 13th century and lots of very old books (mostly the Koran I think) and carpets and so on. The building itself was pretty spectular too - it was the Dervishes lodge once upon a time. The sect is out-lawed now I think (by Atatürk, whose statues are everywhere), along with a lot of other religious things like the burka.
We also saw another museum full of Selçuk ceramics that was in a spectacular old building. I've taken lots of photos and I'm really sorry we haven't got any on the website yet. Soon, I promise!
Anyway, we've only had an afternoon in Konya (we got in at 12pm and we leave 11pm for Antalya where ıt should be warm!) to wander around and see very little of the city really, but ıt seems like quite a nice place. LOTS of headscarves in the area around the Melvanna museum, but here in the mall it seems like we're back in Istanbul - lots of fashionable young people around and nice shiny shops and internet cafes rather than bazaars and stalls on the steet.
Thanks to everyone who has left messages, we miss you guys! And to everyone who hasn't, what are you waiting for? :)
Photos soon, I promise!
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