I woke up to some guy telling us to get off the bus. We told them that we were getting off at Gormeo and he told us that we had to transfer. We later found out that we did not have to get off and he was just lieing to us to get us to buy tours and in fact he did not even work for the bus. He worked for the tourist office. Our pension was in the side of the mountain. I was still with the Aussie's. Our room basically was a cave with a door, lighting and heating. It was so cool. This city is famous for it. The province we are in is called Cappadoucia. It has over 10,000 caves that people used to live, but when UNESCO adopted it, people are no longer able to stay in them unless they are hotels. There are two different Cappadoucia tours and I took tour #1 today
. There was my normal group along with five Americans and two Norwegians, one Japanese girl and a girl from Morocco. Our first stop was a 3,000 year old underground city. It had 10,000 people living in it back in the day. It had churches, tombs, houses and basically everything that one would need in it! Our next stop was Ihlara Valley, which was a walk through a valley that was about two miles long. There were thousands and thousands of caves in the valley. I just looked at them and was amazed. I asked the tour guide if I could go in them and he said I could, but if I was not back in time that they would leave without me. I hiked about ¼ miles up the valley and went in probably 20 caves. Some of them go back 5 feet and some go back 25 feet. They were all interesting. The rooms had all different purposes. One had a stable for animals. One stored food. It was fun to be adventurous on my own! We had lunch and our last stop was the castle caves, which was where all the rich people used to live. There were caves as high as several hundred feet about the bottom of the rocks. It was crazy. We went to some onyx factory on the way home. This onyx factory obviously pays off the tour company. Almost everyone in our group was under the age of 30, so none of us spent more than two minutes there. Who has $2,000 on them in cash? I saw the Japanese girls for the third time on this trip. We only said hi. What are the odds of this though? We have split up every time and never expected to see each other again and just keep running into each other
. Capadoucia was unreal. It was so amazing. I feel like I got the full experience when I stayed in the cave at night too! It was one of the highlights of my trip, but it is hard to choose one thing about this trip. Everything has been so good. It is really amazing to see how people used to live. We have kids that can't even go without a phone or internet for an hour and these people in caves had no technology whatsoever. They used candles for light. One the way home from the tour, the Norwegian man went off on me about the US economy. He was cursing a storm and was pretty much like do you realize what you are doing to the world? You are screwing everything up. I was kind of like yeah, it was me. I'm so sorry for screwing up the whole world economy. I actually got online and changed my ticket home today too. I went to a travel agent my first day and he planned everything out for me and told me what to see and when to see it, but somehow I had an extra day and didn't want to use it, so I changed my ticket so that I would be home for the whole thanksgiving day.
I did the north part of Capadoucia today. Our first stop was the chimneys. They actually look like penises, but are chimneys. Our next stop was a pot factory. They just wanted us to buy something, so I didn't even go into the store. We had lunch and then went to the open air museum. This museum was not about flights. It was basically a bunch of caves that they made into churches in the 7th
centuries. These churches were no sisteen chapel's, but still interesting and impressive for their time
. A lot of the paintings were ½ way there, but pretty worn out. A lot of the pictures depicted the life of Jesus. There are a lot of stray cats in Turkey. I like cats, so this is not bad, but they are just everywhere. I guess there was a story about Mohammed being in a cave and there was a snake who tried to kill him, but a cat saved his life, so they obviously don't have vets down there. If they did, the at population would be under control. I don't think the cats belong to anyone. They kind of belong to everyone. So here comes my story about the bus ride from hell. I bought my ticket and requested a window seat. They gave it to me and I arrived at the bus station early. They told me my bus was cancelled and I had to wait two hours until my next bus. I ran into the Japanese sisters for the fourth and final time on the trip. They are headed to Syria, so there is no chance of us meeting up again. Anyway back to my story. I left on a shuttle at 800 and arrived at a bus station at 805. I hopped on the bus and waited for about ten minutes and was like lets go. We are late, hurry up. They asked to see my ticket and I showed it to them and they said that 800 was the time I was supposed to leave my hostel shuttle for the bus station. I just got so pissed. They told me that they gave me an express bus that was nonstop. That was a lie also. I sat in the back of the bus so I could be away from everyone and cool down. When they started the bus and were getting ready to go, the attendant told me I had to go to my normal seat
. I told him no. I said that no one was sitting here and I would move if someone came. He said they would leave until I moved to my assigned seat. I told him that this was BS and they promised me a window seat and they gave me an aisle. I can't sleep well on the aisle seats and I was so furious. We stopped twice within 15 minutes. So here I was supposed to leave at 6 PM and it was 10 PM and we hadn't made it more than 10 miles. We actually stopped four times for ½ hour each time. So every time I would fall asleep, someone would wake me up to get through and get off the bus. At our 2nd
stop, we took off and within 30 seconds, this girl in front on me and across the aisle vomitted for about three minutes straight. It was so disgusting. They didn't clean it up either and it stunk. The girl sitting next to her had a child on her lap and that child started crying. Then, within three minutes, another girl started puking who was one seat up and to the left of me. It was truly the bus ride from hell.