Entry #06: Bodrum, Turkey

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Turkey!

It's time to leave the comfort of my friends and head to unknown land - Turkey, alone.   

Turkey has always fascinated me with its profoundly rich history and complex Muslim - yet secular society.  I decided to do something different:  instead of flying into Istanbul and beginning my two weeks in a vibrant  and large city, i wanted to start in smaller towns and villages in the south and central regions.  So, I started in Bodrum - a tiny beach town in the Anatolian region - on the Aegean Sea.  My plan was to spend over a week in Bodrum and then head to central Turkey (Cappadocia) before visiting Istanbul.

Bodrum Castle
  This was a good decision.

Bodrum is beautiful and touristy.  It is a Turkish resort mecca - that i would compare to certain small towns on the French Riviera like Antibes and Jean les Pins.  But, I was there at the end of Ramadan when all the Turks descended upon the town from Ankara and Istanbul for the holiday and their last summer vacation for 2007.  It was interesting to be amongst Turkish tourists.  There were very few foreigners and I did not meet one American.

Being alone in a romantic beach town where there were endless streams of couples holding hands and strolling around was not exactly how i meant to start my solo journey.  Feelings of loneliness tried to creep in.

Me and my scooter.
  But, I still managed to have an incredible experience.  I rented a scooter for 3 days and explored the region.  One day I raced over 60 miles along the coast to some hidden beach villages.  And, in the evenings, I got to know the town quite well.   

Each day at sunset I found myself chilling on lounge chairs on the sand in front of Cafe Del Mar - watching the sun set over the Bodrum Castle.  My favorite time of day has always been dusk.  This is why.   I wish I could share those moments with you.

I had not intention of spending time at the beach during the days.  So, I actually take an organized tour of the region and went on a boat trip to Dalyan - 4 hours south.  This was my first glimpse of the ancient empires that used to live here.

Cruising between fresh water and the Mediterranean
  Just look at the impressive and gigantic grave sites built right into the mountainside.  These were graves for the rich, and over 1,000 years old.  Along the way, we stopped at a natural hot spring and mud 'bath' where we endulged in some natural Turkish cleansing.  It was dirty, but exhilirating. 

I think i even did some business on the beach in Bodrum.  The owner of Cafe Del Mar, Bodrum talked quite seriously about having me produce  a music compilation for him for next season!  If it works out, I will have to write a free trip to Turkey into our contract.  We'll see....

On my last night there, I met a really cool Iranian Muslim named Ali.  YES - we talked politics.  His perspective of the USA and Israel is very different from mine.

Yes - that is what you think it is.
  It was interesting to listen to him, but actually quite concerning.  I've been entirely alone for 3 days and  Ali was the first 'real' conversation i had with a human since I got to Bodrum.  It felt nice to actually communicate again. 

Bodrum was a nice introduction to the luxurious and exotic part of Turkey.  But, I have a feeling there are other parts......  and I am excited to experience them. 

I am on my way to the Cappadochia region of Turkey - in middle of the counrtry.  I have a feeling that this experience will be more about the 'land' and history.  We'll see.....

staceyjamie says:
Bodrum, My first taste of turkey. I have been 5 times now I love it. I have taken this same picture of the cave tombs, bathed in the stinky dalyan mud baths...lay on the orange pillows outside cafe del mar ( are they still orange?), Life never ceases to amaze me..I know its kinda silly, as I know other people will have done these things, I'm not christopher columbus. But just to think more about how were more connected as people, rather seperated. Feelings, snap shots, and connections to places, transcend religion, colour etc . Ok I'll shut up now. Glad you liked Bodrum.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2008
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Turkey!
Turkey!
Bodrum Castle
Bodrum Castle
Me and my scooter.
Me and my scooter.
Cruising between fresh water and t…
Cruising between fresh water and …
Yes - that is what you think it is.
Yes - that is what you think it is.
Graves for the rich.
Graves for the rich.
Gravsites built into the cliffs
Gravsites built into the cliffs
Where you are buried when you are …
Where you are buried when you are…
on the boat between the Dalyan fre…
on the boat between the Dalyan fr…
Me and my mudbath
Me and my mudbath
The Bodrum Castle from my hotel
The Bodrum Castle from my hotel
Looking down on Bodrum.
Looking down on Bodrum.
Bodrum Castle at Sunset.  This was…
Bodrum Castle at Sunset. This wa…
Backgammon - the national game of …
Backgammon - the national game of…
Chilling at Cafe Del Mar - Bodrum
Chilling at Cafe Del Mar - Bodrum
My hotel at night
My hotel at night
World Cup of Ruby - England vs. Fr…
World Cup of Ruby - England vs. F…
One of many Internet Cafe experien…
One of many Internet Cafe experie…
Me and my scooter.
Me and my scooter.
at 20 kph
at 20 kph
Photo-scooter talent
Photo-scooter talent
Looking down the coast
Looking down the coast
30km scooter ride from Bodrum
30km scooter ride from Bodrum
A beachside village 30kms from Bod…
A beachside village 30kms from Bo…
Sunset over the castle
Sunset over the castle
Another sunset from the dinner tab…
Another sunset from the dinner ta…
Dan the Conquerer (with Toga)
Dan the Conquerer (with Toga)
me and Alı
me and Alı
Buy something! Anything!
Buy something! Anything!
Bodrum
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