not off to such a good start in the Black Sea.. and then finding myself at a Junior High party!
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May 25th, 2009 – by: jenn79
The way to Riza from the airport was interesting. There are a lot of buildings half finished. Brick but no paint, scaffolding but no windows. Like there was a huge expansion of construction and then they ran oiut of money or all their machines got taken away! The funny thing is that the area around the Black Sea reminds me a lot of Bangui. These huge rolling hills covered in forests. It's just 30 degrees cooler here than bangui and no hollywood sign!!
We got into what would most appropriately be called a hostel. There's a funny smell, but it's livable. But the blankets are made of wool and don't seem washed so luckily I stole a couple of bedsheets that will do. We slept for a bit and then walked around the town to grab something to eat and buy a couple of things locally.
The Hungarians and Bulgarians should be arriving tonight. At least we won't be the only non-Turkish group here like we thought! Tomorrow we're going to visit some plateau that should be scenic. More blisters ahead! =)
Nighttime and a long, long nap later, things are looking up. Am appreciating just being in this lovely country even though we're kind of in bumpkin-ville. Can't say I just do the tourist traps now! While at dinner, which is in the restaurant of the hotel/hostel, we happened upon a end-of-year party for some local junior high school it would look like from the ages of the attendees.
They invited us to dance a bit after dinner and um.. well I don't have the coordination it takes to do one of the Turkish circle-dances let's leave it at that! But they were such good sports and they asked things like "Do you like Turkish people?!" And then about 2 dozen girls came to take a picture with me because they thought I was Japanese. Yes, all in a day's work. Too bad I was unshowered and feeling fat! =) But it was interesting feeling a bit like a celebrity. "Thank you!" "No, thank you!" So.. I probably have 2 dozen pictures of myself unwashed floating around the internet, as I heard Turkey is very facebook-active. Ah well.
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