Sleeping in a Cave in One of the Coolest Cities Ever!

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Right outside my cave room!

We're sleeping in a cave tonight, sweet! After arriving in Cappadocia around 7 this morning, Chris and I were taken off the bus and sneakily sold a tour of part of the area today, before being taken to our super cool hostel which is way up in a hill-we're actually sleeping in cave homes carved into the mountains thousands of years ago, which is pretty cool. We were both dead tired from lack of sleep, but a shower and ice tea later I was feeling better.

First big stop on the tour was the Open Air Museum, which was impressive. Some of the first Christians had fled year thousands of years ago to escape Roman persecution and built houses and churches into the soft volcanic rocks.

Panarama view point
There were beautiful frescos of Biblical scenes, and it was definitely an experience to be in a place where so much history that has to do with my faith took place. While the skies had looked nice and clear when we started, we soon saw a huge cloud roll over us and we were right in the middle of a thunderstorm, which was on and off for the rest of the day. While I'm not a big fan of the rain, I do enjoy a good thunderstorm and actually didn't mind the grey all that much. We also went to a wine tasting, Onyx showroom (disguised as as a demonstration but really just a place where they give you tea and watch you like hawks as you walk around and look at the jewelry), and pottery demonstration, where they also tried to sell us beautiful, yet overpriced pottery.

The demonstration actually ended up being fairly entertaining as when we went into the room to watch how the red clay was shaped, he called on a volunteer, which happened to be this sweet girl our age.

And the storm rolls in...
The first part before making the vase, had her shaping something greatly resembling a phallic statue, which she awkwardly asked the guy, 'Ummm...what am I making?' Her boyfriend found this quite amusing and took advantage of the time to snap several pictures which they'll no doubt laugh about later. We're not visiting it, but apparently there's a whole valley appropriately called "Love Valley," that is filled with rock structures resembling these phallic symbols.

Lunch was at a delicious buffet overlooking a beautiful view of carved cities and hundreds of pigeon holes. Another really interesting thing about these cities was the use of pigeons that they kept to send messages and to fertilize their vineyards. Last stop was at a valley with chimney looking structures, as well as a few that people are supposed to use their imagination for.

The famous rock here I decided was a snail, to which Chris insisted was obviously a Turkey. On second look I guess it does look more like that, but I'm sticking with snail.

Our tour guide seemed to be in a rush getting us back, and we arrived nearly an hour early. While Chris took a good nap, I caught up on some reading and writing, and met a nice couple from Australia, who again told me just how brave I am to do this trip alone, just as most people I've met tell me. The rest of the afternoon was spent drinking the Chardonnay we bought at the wine tasting, then going out to a very westernized bar (I think called Nick's Place), where we hung out with more Aussies who were doing a tour of Europe, but with the main purpose of rock climbing, which inspires me to find somewhere to climb soon...

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Right outside my cave room!
Right outside my cave room!
Panarama view point
Panarama view point
And the storm rolls in...
And the storm rolls in...
Inside one of the first Christian …
Inside one of the first Christian…
Cappadocia
photo by: EmyG