Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

Köyceğız lake

Kyla, Suzi and our faithful guide dog

At the mud baths, as the mud starts to dry

We visited some Lycean rock tombs on a boat cruise

With our host, and close new friend Aysel for dinner. She cooked...

While similar to Greek coffee, Turkish coffee didn't make Kyla cry uncle

A secluded waterfall near Koycegiz - until three tour buses joined us

Kyla and Aysel

Nick, Aysel, and Suzi - very sad to say goodbye!

Our last breakfast in Koygeciz

Katife the cat was too sad to see us leave, and had...

Kyla writing... with limited punctuation and the odd incorrect İ as the keyboard is different here in Turkey

Merhaba (hello)

So we finally made it to Turkey! We were having such a great time in Greece that we stayed a week more than we had originally planned. İ will admit İ was a bit nervous about coming here - which just seems so silly to me now. While it was only two days ago that we arrived we have so many memories.

We arrived by ferry from Rhodes to Mamaris and immediately took a bus to Koycegız to thıs little town on a big lake towards the interior along the south west coast - it is very nontouristy. Why Koycegız? We still can hardly pronounce the town name by the way. We had arranged for a homestay with a Servas host Aysel. We had not stayed before with a Servas host and had only spoken to Aysel twıce on the phone so we were nervous as we did not know what to expect. Aysel is a Turkısh English teacher so we knew communication would not be so difficult. We had not expected to bond with her so quickly. It is so strange to meet someone from another culture speaking another mother tongue with a vastly different political history etc and somehow find you have so many shared perspectives on the world and humanity and pretty much everything.

Aysel has treated us like long lost family and has negotiated local prices for us on our bikes and boat tour and meals and coffees etc. She has also introduced us to her friends and as well to one of her English classes of twelve year old bright eyed and enthusiastic children. This we will always remember. So at this time we are not able to upload our photos but know that we are having quite the adventure and meeting all sorts of people and having all sorts of discussions on all of the things the guide books refer to as sensitive! I should cut this short as we are soon to leave for a bike ride to the town waterfall that the locals visit for a cool off on hot days -which it is today.

Güle güle (goodbye)

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