In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we get acquainted with regional minibuses in our attempt to see some of the less visited attractions in Eastern Turkey. All in all, a little over 30hrs and approx 1500km was spent seated as we traversed two thirds of the country. Worth every minute.
Photo a day project: May 19th 2014. Hive of history. As it turns out, this particular Monday was a public holiday, so our new-found football friends kindly offered to take us to see the beehouses of Harran.
Photo a day project: May 20th 2014. Wishing upon shooting stars. Couldn't help but going for one last night wander before getting an early night to prepare to catch the sunrise on top of Mt. Nemrut.
Photo a day project: May 21st 2014. Nemrut Dağı. Despite the forecast of rain that threatened to spoil our sunrise view atop Mt. Nemrut, we dragged ourselves out of bed and made the short hike to the lookout. Crowning the peak are the stone statues of the mausoleum of Antiochus I (69-34 BC), who reigned over the region during the Hellenistic period, depicting him side-by-side with the gods.
Photo a day project: May 22nd 2014. Apricot seed. Love the interesting little facts you pick up on the road. For example, we learnt that one of our favourite Japanese desserts, Annin Tofu or Almond Jelly, is made from apricot kernels. What are some interesting things you've learnt while travelling?
Photo a day project: May 23rd 2014. Shopping porter. Thinking it was a little odd to be using such hand-made baskets to carry shopping, especially here in Istanbul, we asked and were told that these gentlemen are in fact porters or “hamals”. A practice dating from the Ottoman times, you can pay them to follow you around the market and carry all your stuff! I guess those veggies can get quite heavy.
Photo a day project: May 24th 2014. Oven fresh. In many societies, the decision to eat fresh and healthy food is usually a conscious one, whereas here in Turkey it appears just to be a way of life. And MAN do we love it!
Photo a day project: May 25th 2014. Turkish bath. As backpackers, having access to a hot shower, or any shower at all, can sometimes be a challenge. So when we're in a country where “hamams” are the norm, we jump at the chance to scrub away the years.