Abandoned Ruins and an Amazing Hike!
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This morning at breakfast Chris and I ran into a couple who had also been on our train to Istanbul a few days ago, and it was soon decided that since it was raining, we scratch the whole idea of renting scooters, and all go into renting a car together, also picking up a Canadian guy who was also traveling solo. Andy said he could drive manual cars, so we were all set with a plan to head out to the underground city.
On the way, we passed an abandoned looking city carved into the hills and decided to have a look, which was so worth it. It was great walking around an area that UNESCO hadn't gotten ahold of, preserved, and thus made super touristy. We got some very strange looks from the locals who probably aren't used to foreigners walking through their tiny vollage into the ruins, but the only thing we had to watch for was not falling through the holes in the hills that would have landed us at the bottom of a fireplace.
We somehow were lucky enough to miss the huge crowds at the underground city, which ended up being pretty cool. I can't imagine digging down into the earth to make a home, yet alone a place where an entire population thrives. Thoroughly impressed, it was time to head to this valley that supposedly has great hiking trails. Driving up, I was excited to see the sun shining over it, and already loving how beautiful it was. I hadn't realized the extent to which these people had built homes into the hills, and this was by far the most impressive of everything we'd seen so far. Maybe it was the setting it was in, or maybe it was the fact that we were out there all by ourselves with no tours in sight, but either way I was stoked to be there. We hiked up and around a bend and finally found ourselves at the top of a plateau, where I made note of how to get back to where we had ascended, although I guess if we got lost we could just sleep in a cave/house? It would certainly make quite a story!
Confident in their sense of direction and how the valley worked, the boys decided to be adventurous and keep walking.
So basically, today was pretty fantastic-definitely a highlight of the past month!