First impressions

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Saturday, September 24, 2005

The pension I'm staying at is a lot like a hostel, except you have your own room! There is a tv lounge, an upstairs patio lounge, and a courtyard where breakfast and dinner are served. The owners are very friendly and helpful! It feels like joining a family for a few days.

In the afternoon I took a walk through town. The first thing that struck me is there are hardly any women anywhere. At all the cafes and restaurants, the only women appear to be tourists. Even walking down the streets or working in shops, it is almost all men.

The next thing I noticed was the overwhelming amount of carpet shops. No joke, there is at least one on every corner. Some of the sales people can be pretty assertive, but they leave you alone if you just keep walking. I did look at a few shops, but got completely contradictory info from all of them, so I think there will not be any carpets purchased by me! Which is probably a good thing.

Selcuk is a bit bigger than most of the towns I saw in the Greek Islands, and there is a wonderful blend of traditional styles combined with the new look of the youth. Outside our pension is an urban farm, every few hours there are chickens, roosters, rabbits etc. running down the alley!

Five times a day there is the Muslim call to prayer. It starts at 5 am, and is broadcast over the loudspeaker in town. The people are supposed to go to the mosque to pray. So far we haven't seen many people going.

I have met a lot of fellow travellers here, the courtyard is a popular hangout! Becky & Jason from Colorado, who quit their jobs, sold their house and are doing a year of travelling (sound familiar?). Clare & Tom, from Ontario, who are travelling for 4 months before moving to Vancouver in January. There is a couple from Montreal, Jean & Renee, and then the people who work at the pension, Jenain, Marco and Rashid. They are a constant source of entertainment and jokes...including changing my name to Kim!

Dinner was fabulous, the food outstanding. Probably the best I have had on this trip. After dinner they brought out the water bong, which at the moment I can't think of the name of. I'll have to update later (nargelei)!! All will be much clearer when I can upload some pics!!
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