3 dead, 1 sick, a lot of alcohol and i am unable to escape!
Bursa Travel Blog› entry 532 of 658 › view all entries
People who contributed to, and improved my trip: Laco (Slovakia), Gulsah (Turkey)
Bursa's bus station is inconveniently located 10kms out of town, so it took the best part of an hour to reach my couchsurfers house, which was located quite near the centre. For the next couple of days i would be staying with a newly wed couple, Laco from Slovakia and his wife Gulsah, who was from Turkey. The news wasn't good when i arrived though, as one of their goldfish had died, another was at deaths door and the third was the healthiest and yet still looked ready to croak it! Gulsah was also feeling under the weather, but nevertheless they invited me into their house with open arms.
I spent an hour or so getting to know them and then decided to go and take a short look around the City, before it got dark.
Whilst i was in the centre i took the opportunity to stop off in a camera shop to make some passport photos and the friendly female owner wouldn't stop speaking to me in German, even though i told her i was English. I did my best to communicate in my broken German and this encouraged her further that England's national language was surely German! It kept her happy and it kept me amused whilst the photos were developing, so i just smiled and played along the best that i could.
At 16.30 i went to Ulu Cami, an imposing Mosque located in the heart of the City.
Ceci turned up with two of her friends around 17.
My hosts made it out of bed around 13.00 the next day, whilst i needed another hour or so before i could drag myself into the shower.
Gulsah's parents visited in the early evening and brought us kebabs, which was the perfect hangover food and i felt heaps better after eating this. When they left i had expected a quite night in, but Laco was soon into the red wine and it seemed rude not to join him, so we knocked back a couple of bottles and hit the hay around 02.00.
Sunday morning was another late start and as a result we didn't make it to the football game that was taking place. Instead we opted to head into the centre to take a look at Yeshil Camii, Yeshil Turbe (Green Mosque and Tomb) and Emir Sultan Camii, which had a nice cemetery surrounding it.
Since Lousy Planet was written, a new ferry line has opened up between Bursa and Istanbul and i decided that i would go by this route. Laco said it took 30 minutes to the port, so i gave it an hour to get there, but still ended up 15 minutes too late. As it happened, it didn't really matter as this ferry and the last ferry at 20.30 were both sold out. Thus i was left with no alternative but to go all the way back to Bursa to stay with the guys for one more night!
I went out and had a good Dinner of half a roast chicken with salad, bread and ayran and all for only 5YTL ($3.15), which raised my spirits.
When i say early start, i mean 08.00, but compared to recent days, this was a very early start! Annoyingly i just missed the bus to the bus terminal and had to wait half an hour, but i thought i had given myself plenty of time to get to Yalova, which is where the ferry went from today (different from the previous day). I went to the bus company that went to Yalova and saw they also had Istanbul advertised, so presumed they drove you to the port and then you just hopped on the ferry across the Sea of Marmara. This was rather a misguided assumption, as the bus actually dropped people at Yalova and then carried on around the coast to Istanbul, which took far longer than expected, about two hours more in total.