Posted: Aug 30, 2003 8:34:35 PM

Hi all

I don't have much time to post anything, because in half an hour I'm heading off with some friends for a midnight dip in some thermal mud pools, so I'll only be able to offer a bare bones update on what I've been up to.

Left Istanbul (once Constantinople) and went through the fields and graveyards of Gallipoli, which was extremely harrowing and grim. But it's also such a beautiful region. For some reason, the thing that stood out for me most was one of the exhibits in the on-site museum, where bullets flying through the air have actually hit each other and pierced straight through, leaving a merged bullet cross. This is not an isolated incident: there were at least half a dozen of these.

In some ways, this is a lot like Gallipoli - New Zealanders are very well accepted here, and there are dozens of Anzac houses, New Zealand and Australian-named backpackers' hostels, and so forth. The bullets have merged.

From there, we've bused down the west coast of Turkey, visiting various ancient ruins and such. Ephesus was an absolute knock-out, a fantastic site, huge and impressive. For those of you who have done Classical Studies, one of the first things they drill into you is the different types of columns from the various civilisations around Greece and Turkey. In Ephesus, you can see four different types, from four different cultures, within ten metres of each other.

There was also the world's oldest advertisement (for a brothel, of course), a huge theatre (that the ancient classical lyricist Elton John once sang), and lots and lots of other "broken stuff" (that's a direct quote from one of the tour guide books, by the way).

I'm now in a very nice pension-hostel in Koycegiz, as I've said, and I am tomorrow or the day after heading out to do some paragliding. Hopefully I'll be able to get back online before I leave so I can answer a few e-mails, but I figured that a report (that I'm still alive) would be the first priority.

Once more, I don't know when I'll be able to get back online, so I shall talk to you all when I talk to next!


Charlotte   Aug 31, 2003 1:04:58 AM

Glad to see that you're still alive!

If I wasn't jealous before, I so am now! Thermal mud pools, ancient ruins, paragliding! Heh! All I seem to do on my overseas trip is work. However, today (Sunday) is a rare day off in the middle of my working week so hopefully I sill see some cool stuff. Not sure I can rival four different types of columns and other 'broken stuff' though.

Keep having fun!

PS: do you have lovely healthy glowing skin from the mud pools now? *laughs*

Bosco   Aug 31, 2003 5:01:28 AM

Yes, flawless luxurious skin, the better to show off while paragliding.

Btw, I wonder if any connection was made between that abandoned subway in Hong Kong and another in 'Foucault's Pendulum'...?

Morgan   Sep 1, 2003 1:09:22 AM

Wow cool Damon, you're really packing it in there.

Have fun!

Damon   Sep 1, 2003 8:31:50 PM

I have discovered the most amazing beach in the world and am currently getting a great tan to go with my mud-bath complexion. I'd write a full report, except I have a few e-mails to write and I'm going paragliding tomorrow morning very early, then on an island cruise for the afternoon.

I am trying my best to pack as much in as possible. More later...

Charlotte   Sep 2, 2003 12:34:08 AM

*amused* I seem to remember a certain young man adamantly stating that he wasn't going to Europe to lie on beautiful beaches because he could do that at home. What's the attraction? It's not a 'topless' beach is it? *evil grin*

Aan`allein   Sep 2, 2003 10:40:02 PM

There are beautiful beaches to lie on in New Zealand as well? Wooo! (It's that I've already booked my tickets, or I'd be going to book them now.) ^_^

By the by, Damon: seems I'll end up with the same travel-pack as you have. After trying on literally dozens (stuff heavy stuff in them, adjust sizes, pull straps tight, strut around, unpack - rinse, repeat), it's turning out to be the one that was most comfortable carrying around. Any words on it from the field that might make me want to change my mind? (And once again thanks for the advice you gave me on such stuff.)

Oooh, and we want more pictures, dammit! :)

Bosco   Sep 2, 2003 10:53:58 PM

@Charetto - He's going to come back all tanned and studly, and need an even bigger stick to beat them off with. 'Here's a stick: to beat the lovely lady with.' And then we'll need an even bigger pin to pop his enormously swelled head.

@Aan - I don't think those are actual pics, aren't they just like clip art or whatever?

And I can't believe that other one wasn't hagia sofia. No wonder it looked different. Xp

And I doubly can't believe it's only been a little over a week and you already did all that stuff. You been busy boyo.

fraz   Sep 2, 2003 11:36:26 PM


i went to the space-deedle the other day in seattle, very very very cool. umm yeah i ment to ask you who gets to use your computer? hee hee


Damon   Sep 3, 2003 4:33:00 PM

@Aan: comfort is everything. Oh, and size - if you're planning on bringing a lot, get a good capacity. And make sure you have the right sized pack for your body size. And I heartily endorse those packs with holes in the zips to put a combination padlock through.

@Charlotte: I wasn't planning on doing so, but sometimes it's the only choice! Plus the beaches on the Med are so much better than the beaches at home. And when it's 47 degrees celsius you really don't have another option!

@Bosco (why that name, by the way?): no comment. But a tan is not built in a day, and so I'm currently an attractive shade of red.

@Frazer: I left it open for whomever. Just login as a guest and you're good to go.

Bosco   Sep 3, 2003 5:51:19 PM

*shrug* meh. I don't know. Having no comment is what allows others to put words in your mouth all the time you know. };D

Charlotte   Sep 3, 2003 5:57:49 PM

*grin* You know, I was kind of expecting that you might change your mind after you had visited a few beaches.

Bosco   Sep 3, 2003 11:56:47 PM

also, I told petjorn but he's gone for a bit - if you click on the 'links' page it show up in that blue bar at the top as being the 'credits' page. I as a tax payer demand that something be done.

fra   Sep 4, 2003 6:31:51 AM
Charlotte   Sep 4, 2003 5:19:50 PM

*looks at above post* A man of few words? *amused, for various reasons*

@Bosco - When I click on the links page it says 'links'. Perhaps your computer is a bit spastic?

Anyway, today I visited one of the most beautiful places in Japan. I wonder if our traveller can do better!

Bosco   Sep 4, 2003 11:25:59 PM

Geez, nothing in five days? I put that firmly on the side of 'good', assuming that the lack of reports is due to the excess of cool things being done, and not due to like, explosive vomiting or something.

@JC (Jesus Christ?) - It does it at the comp at work too. Maybe I'm just very delusional.

Damon   Sep 5, 2003 2:54:58 PM

Yeah, I see what you mean B. It's just a typo, should be easy to correct when Peter gets back from Bodrum.

New report coming up...

Peter (admin)   Sep 5, 2003 9:55:43 PM

Peter is back from Bodrum. And home for about 20min.

I'll look into it tomorrow. Really :)

Peter (admin)   Sep 6, 2003 12:27:03 PM

Ok, fixed it.

Not sure what rights tax payers (possibly from NZ?) should have on damons site (which is hosted in Austria...), but hey, it's only been a 1 min fix...

Sahi   Sep 19, 2003 6:45:09 PM

So what backpack is it?


Damon   Sep 30, 2003 8:23:08 PM

The Macpac Gemini.

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