Monday, May 7, 2012

I Slept In A Fairy Chimney

That's right. What is a fairy chimney, you might ask? This... a fairy chimney. For the weekend we went to Cappadocia (or Kapadokya, in Turkish) and I'm pretty sure it is the most unique place I have ever been to, and quite possibly will ever go to. The early Christians found these strange land forms and carved homes out of them after they had fled and were hiding from their enemies. They are so cool, and they've made hotel rooms out of some of them, like where we stayed. April 27th was our 4 month-iversary, and we stayed in a fairy chimney!

And you can climb and explore all over them (and get very dusty in the process) so we got up REALLY early (we're talking 5 AM) to start playing.

They also have hot air balloon sky tours at sunrise (which is the real reason we got up so early)? Random, but there are hundreds of them up and down the valley

It was beautiful. And as a 4 month-iversary present, Spencer's parents paid for us to go on a camel ride. It was hilarious, and I couldn't stop laughing the entire time.

After we had explored to our hearts content, we went to a nearby town that is known for it's pottery. We found a really cool shop that makes all of their stuff by hand, bought a few awesome souvenirs, and then the owner gave us a demonstration. He was AMAZING and we were all in awe at his magic hands.

And then he let us try. And let's just say, we were not nearly as talented. Except for Spencer's dad, he claims to have never thrown pottery before, but he made a super awesome vase, so I don't know...

The food in Turkey is so interesting. P.S. if you ever come here and go to a restaurant that has a menu item that says it is cooked in pottery, someone should get it. they cook it in a vase-looking thing and then come in and break it for you and you eat right out of it. And they'd probably let you keep it if you wanted as a souvenir.

The Kapadokya Kebap, shaved meat all rolled in a huge log with vegetables inside

Our last adventure of the day was exploring the underground city of Derinkuyu where the Christians hid when they thought they might be attacked. I'm a little claustrophobic, so the whole eight stories underground thing got a little interesting, but it was very cool.

Haha, sorry Spencer, I couldn't resist.

It was a fantastic, jam-packed day. And like all of our other travel days, we came home EXHAUSTED.

1 comment:

  1. Throwing pottery is much harder than it looks. I took a ceramics class when I was in college. Fun to watch someone who can do it really well though. Looks like you guys are having tons of fun :-)