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