Selcuk: Smoking & Screaming

Trip Start May 16, 2011
Trip End Jun 02, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Madame has left the gulet.

Today we returned to Bodrum and were sent away from the yachting set and back to our land-lubber ways. We arrived at the bus station and caught a bus to Soke and from there we caught dolomus #1 to Kadessi and from there we caught dolomus #2 the rest of the way to Selcuk. Lots of moving from hither to yon, but we arrived without incident and our changes were very well-timed.

We spent most of the day just meandering around Selcuk and found the first super cheap food in Turkey. Of course it came in the way of doner kebab (gyro in US) but came on a fresh baguette and was a mere $1.70 for a huge sandwich with toppings. When I told Doug the cost he didn't believe me and bet me lunch I was wrong, so of course mine was free. 40+ years of living with me and he still has yet to come to grips with the fact that I am always right. In this case I don't think he minded being wrong.

This evening I was determined to have a nargile moment, so this evening I located the most picturesque, outside spot I could find, which was overlooking the lit semi-ruined arches of an old Roman aqueduct with nesting storks atop the columns as an added touch, and told Doug to pull up a couch. We ordered apple-flavored nargile (Turkish water pipe) and puffed away like the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Doug could not leave well enough alone by tending to one vice and ordered a beer, whereas I decided water was the best accompaniment to a water pipe.

It was such a tranquil scene.... but not for long. About :30 after we began, all the sudden fireworks started shooting up over our heads. Next thing I know hundreds of birds (likely pigeons) are flying overhead, HUNDREDS. Quick-thinking Doug procured a napkin and placed it atop his head. I tried to keep my mouth closed while laughing myself silly. The birds continued to flee the fireworks and Doug took refuge under an umbrella in the cafe next door.

The waiter sauntered over and explained that the fireworks were due to Turkey winning some sort of soccer match and said it would all be over in "5 minutes". Well that was approximately 2 hours ago. It has been pure bedlam in the streets of Selcuk: masses of people singing & chanting, flags waving, horns honking, shouting through megaphones, etc. I think the entire population of 26,000 Selcukians are encamped beneath our window. Wish I could understand the words to their song. No violence, just noise, noise and more noise. Earplugs anyone? I cannot begin to fathom what the streets and metros are like tonight in Istanbul tonight. It is OK however, as I am sure Doug won't be able to sleep tonight anyway as he will be far too excited over the prospect of spending the day tomorrow at Ephesus walking amongst the ruins and taking in all the ancient history and biblical significance. He's virtually like a child on Christmas Eve tonight. I see him across the room reading a book. No doubt he's getting a head start by studying the layout of the ruins in preparation to guide us tomorrow. I can't wait!
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