And then there was four...

Trip Start Jan 07, 2007
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Trip End Apr 02, 2007


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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Andy, Richard, Jake and I planned to visit Safronbalou a couple weeks ago, but we really had no idea what we were getting into. There was one travel photo in Lonely Planet and the description said that Safronbalou was not to be missed by any architecture buffs. So we started out this morning at 8 AM and after a hike, metro ride, bus ride, shuttle ride, microbus ride, we arrived in the old town of Safronbalou.

Hardly anyone speaks English here, so it was trickier to find than previous hostels or hotels. Safronbalou is a vacation town, but primarily for Turkish tourists or architecture students. In fact, when we arrived and were asked if we were students the next comment was, "Let me guess, architecture students?" We had to tell them we were.

By the way, my lies have caught up with me. We checked into a hotel and they asked where we were from. I quickly responded, "Canada" and didn't think anymore of it. Then they needed our passports to check us in.... whoops. I hope they don't hate us here, but I can't blame them if they do. Lesson learned.

Anyways, Safronbalou is a gorgeous town with all sorts of buildings lining the streets. Richard and I walked around the city and I was snapping photos every which way. The weather was perfect, and we are loving everything we are seeing and experiencing. The stark white houses pop out against the sloping hills with the orange roofs accenting the geometries (yes, I am a nerd for this stuff).
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