Eating Adana Kebab in Adana
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Today we were heading to Gaziantep, after breakfast we headed out to get our bus at 8am to Nevsehir bus station where we had to change onto the bus to Adana. The trip was about 4.5 hours; I spent a lot of time updating my blogs looking up occasionally to gape at the spectacular mountain scenery. In Adana we had to find another bus to take us to Gaziantep, we found one but it wasn’t leaving for another 1.5 hours so we had lunch here. From the moment we left Goreme we noticed another foreign couple doing the same route I guessed they were Canadians from the flag on their backpacks! We sat down in the outdoor seating at a cafe and I thought if I’m in Adana I will have my favourite Adana Kebab! It’s a nice spicy kebab so hence why I liked it. Zehra had some baked bean mixture served with a side plate of big green chillies, lemon slices and parsley, what an odd thing to eat with baked beans!
We had the front row seats on the bus which was nice to get the best view if the front screen wasn’t covered in fly splat! The other bus we travelled on had a complete wash down at the halfway stop but they didn’t bother washing this one before we got on it! The front row seats also had less leg room and you were in the unfortunate line of sight of the drivers cigarette smoke. Across from us on the other two front seats sat the Canadians so with our 3 hour bus ride we got chatting to them. They had both been away 7 years from home teaching English in Taiwan and Argentina had spent time in between travelling. They had come through Egypt and Jordan and they were on their last few weeks before heading home. The countryside between Adana and Gaziantep was much flatter; more farmland the temperature on the bus gauge was showing 30C so much warmer too!
We arrived Gaziantep about 5:30pm so most of the day had gone, we found the Dolmus and the Canadian’s joined us. Their hotel was near ours so we got on the same bus. While on the bus Zehra got talking to a young student who was studying hospitality and tourism and he offered to show us all around the city the next day. We got off the bus and he walked us to our hotel, Christine and Ryan tagged along as we weren’t sure where their hotel was so perhaps our hotel could help. We studied the map and found where the hotel was, they said they would come to meet us in the morning after 10am. Our hotel was nice and our room was humongous with triple beds, we were so happy with the space! After resting a while we heading out to find a recommended restaurant in the Lonely Planet when we got there it was closed! Zehra asked a local who showed us its sister restaurant only a few meters away when we walked in Christine and Ryan were sitting at one of the tables so we joined them. Dinner was tasty, ordered a kebab and Zehra ordered some dish swimming in garlic yogurt! Desert was what we were really looking forward to as Gaziantep was famous for its pistachio baklava given it was the pistachio capital of Turkey! Gaziantep apparently has the best Baklava in Turkey and the most varieties. So we chose a mix platter a carrot shaped one, a green rolled shaped one called the Antep wrap they were sensational, Gaziantep baklava certainly lived up to its name. After dinner we decided to explore the nearby bazaar only to find it was closed, the streets were very quiet so we all strolled back to our respective hotels.