We took the Bilkent bus to ASTI, the major bus station for the city, and hopped on a metro train to Kizilay, a shopping and cafe area of the city. The first thing on OUR scavenger hunt list? Delicious food. We suddenly forgot our instructions to not eat outside of a cafe out of respect for those fasting for Ramadan (bad foreign girls) and parked ourselves at a table outside of a cute restaurant. Firstly, I must explain that foreign women here are treated REALLY well...and if you're me, with fair skin, short blonde hair and light eyes, you're treated like a celebrity. All day long, men were nudging one another, looking me up and down, smiling at me and staring. There were about eight men working at this rather empty restuarant, and we were the only ones eating there. We navigate our Turkish menu and decide on Tavuk Sis, which is becoming my no-fail favourite, mostly because I can actually pronounce it and I know that what I'll be served is always chicken on a stick and rice. Perfect. Our adorable waiter brings over a delicious-looking salad and explains that it's from the chef, who is waving shyly at us. Tesekurler! (Thank you!). Meals here always end with complimentary cay, which is Turkish tea, and it's absolutely delicious. I've learned how sucessfully to make it myself...it's a bit of a process for a very small amount of tea, I must say.
So, off we go, into Kizilay, but not to find the things on my scavenger hunt, but to shop, of course! We find this fab little shop that sells brand name clothing from last season very cheaply. I found names from Topshop, Bershka, Abercrombie and Fitch and Zara...there were cute tops for 5 lira! (That's about 2.5 pounds, and maybe 3.5 canadian dollars). Most of the clothing is cut so small it wouldn't fit over my left thigh, but still, a pretty cool find, and great for Colleen and Eilidh, who are built like gymnasts and ballerinas, respectively.
All in all, we actually cleaned up at the scavenger hunt, and happened to stumble upon almost all of the things on our list, without even trying. The only thing we didn't get was 'mc hammer pants', which are super comfortable linen pants that are sold in many market-like stores here. Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow we're heading out to the Turkish Baths which are in Ulus, an area of the city.
|My new-found friends who conviently look like they could be in a Turkish boy band.|