Entrepreneurialism -- and altruism -- in UĂ§agiz.
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July 25th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
DAY SEVEN of the Beaches & Ruins Road Trip: KEKOVA SOUND.
I thought weâ€™d never get out of UĂ§agiz. We traveled by car to this small fishing village to visit Kekova Sound, which has some interesting underwater ruins. Although it was meant to be a short visit, we ended up spending a good part of the day here, thanks to the Everlasting Lunch â€¦and a flat tire!
We arrived at UĂ§agiz in the late morning and found a man to take us in his boat to visit the ruins. It cost 100 YTL, which wasnâ€™t a particularly good deal, but it seems to be what all the boat owners in the harbor had decided to charge. Our captain was probably in his late 30s, high energy, and spoke English well. After we got aboard his rickety old craft he announced that we were his first customers.
We chugged off across the water, and then did a drive by of a small bay area where a tomb is partially submerged in the water. We couldnâ€™t get close in our boat (it was roped off) and it was hard to see, so it was kind of a disappointment. I understand that itâ€™s possible to hike to this area, and I think that would probably offer a better view, since itâ€™s pretty close to shore.
Next he brought us to an area where we could see ancient ruins on the hill and tumbled down into the shore and in the water.
We have seen so many ruins they are all beginning to look alike, so it was interesting to see them in a completely different setting. But it was a little bit of a let down, too, as the structures were in such pieces it was hard to understand what we were looking at. Overall itâ€™s worth seeing, this place but maybe it would be better to take an organized tour where they explain what you are seeing.
We docked the boat and as we were leaving Lisa joked that since we were the first customers we should get some sort of prize or bonus.
We were so comfortable and enjoyed our host so much that we decided to order lunch. We asked for food, but there was no menu, so he made some suggestions. Little did we know he was just making it up as he was going along, as he doesnâ€™t actually serve food at his bar! We finally figured this out then we saw him run out and buy bags of food (and some utensils), which he brought back into the back room. We heard sounds of food preparation and settled in for a long wait. I repeat: a loooong wait. Finally we got a huge platter of French fries, a basket of bread, and a DELICIOUS and fresh tomato/cucumber salad.
By the time we finished it was well after 2pm, and we had to get the heck out of town. We paid an exorbitant amount for our lunch (our entrepreneur had a good day thanks to us!), and headed out, FINALLY. When we got back to where we had left the car, our entrepreneur was already there, back in position near the parking area trying to find some more suckers, I mean customers. As we pulled out several guys waved their hands and pointed to our front right tire. â€śKAPUT!â€ť they said. Sure enough, the tire was flat. Damn! Will, we ever get out of this town?
At this point our entrepreneur jumped into action.
Finally we were off. Itâ€™s not a proper road trip without at least one flat tire right?
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