from Egirdir to Olympos
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Today we would travel to Olympos via Isparta and Antalya in a form of a hitchhiking contest. After a short breakfast we hit the road and guess what, I felt ill and had some serious problems in my belly. I think it must have been the fault of some vegetables that were not sufficiently fresh or maybe the mountain water had something to do with it.
None the less, I started hitchhiking. First 2 Kurdish people from East-Turkey picked us up. They went to Isparta to sell some apples on the local market there. They told me that I could get some for my trip to Olympos, very friendly dudes.
The landscape from Isparta to Antalya is so beautiful! It's quite remarkable become greener again the more you get closer to the coast, but there do is a lot of road pollution such as cans, plastic, dirt, you know. Apparently some Turkish people don't seem to care that much about the environment as we do in Belgium. I said goodbye and changed telephone numbers when I was almost in Antalya.
Then I had to hitchhike in the busy tourist citycentre of Antalya, and hopped on and off a bus without paying. It's the most hideous city I have ever seen in my opinion so I wanted to get away here as fast as possible and fix me a ride to Olympos. Antalya is mainly focussed on mass-tourism and for me it was such another world compared to Istanbul, Cappadocia and Egirdir.
On the road that lead to Kemer, I found a ride in a little minivan with Turkish hippie-kind people who drove to Olympos. Did a few stops along the way because they were hungry, thursty or you know, haha. They were really friendly and lived in Side. they were quite surprised as well when I could speak a little Turkish. Anyway, they dropped me off in Olympos.
In summer it could be really busy here, but same story as everywhere else in Turkey : in september the place was deserted!! we almost had an entire and most beautiful beach to ourselves and now I know why this place is so much loved here. Unfortunately I had to leave again the following day.