|You're looking out onto rock formations from the beginning of time! And please, check out the color of the sky :) I still get excited everyday when I go for weeks without seeing so much as a cloud. Let those foolios live in England, I like the sun!|
We left on Thursday morning and arrived in Cappadocia in early afternoon. After lunch at a pretty park we walked through a little village (if you could call one dusty hill full of shacks a village) to a church built into a rock that remained from the 11th century. This particular church was not even protected or being restored by the government, we could just walk right and and touch the ancient frescos. I briefly though about chisling out the last supper fresco for my living room, since I am redecorating, but thought better of it.
Next up, we went to an underground city. Inhabitants of Cappadocia from the Bronze age built these underground cities to escape volcanoes and wild animals, and the cities were also used by Christians to escape from Roman soldiers in times of war. Sometimes people lived underground for 9 months at a time, but don't worry they made their own wine so I imagine they passed the time pretty easily.
|Cave houses. Yup, someone actually carved this out using a spoon.|
The next day we went on a very long hike through these 11 century ruins. There were tons of caves that housed pigeons. I'm not sure why people in the 11th century bothered to carve holes out of massive pieces of rock, likely using spoons as their only tools, so that pigeons had a place to hang out. I must have dazed off when the guide was speaking. I think they used pigeon poop for something. As fertilizer, perhaps?
|Women painting the pottery with unbelievable precision|
|Think long and hard, Laurel. This could be you.|
|At the air balloon airport. Getting ready for take off.|
|Cappadocia at sunrise. Breathtaking.|
It was somewhere over the magnificient ancient ruins bathed in the glow of the Turkish sunrise that I realized that I am a pretty lucky girl. I have had the opportunities to do so many incredible things in my (admittedly short) life. I must admit that having the ability to live out both my passions, teaching and travelling is pretty amazing. I had a fantastic time in Cappadocia, and it was a really worthwhile trip to a really important place in civilization. I must admit, however, that what accompanies travelling is the travelling bug...once you come back to your normal life, it's hard not to want to do it all again. Lucky for me, I have plenty of holidays, so there are plans in the works to go to Cyprus for November term break. That said, there are also plans to hit the gym before I hit the beach ;)
|Ballon ride over Cappadocia. The colors here are stunning and the photos don't actually do justice.|