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