15th February 2015 – Pamukkale, Turkey
From the hustle and bustle of the big Bul, I am off to the cotton castles up in the air. Snow is never my favourite element, but limestone? Oh, for that kind of white, I have a totally different flair.
I reached Denizli in the morning, around 7 AM. I am couchsurfing with a guy named Taskin here, and his Facebook chat showed that he was awake till 4 or 5 am. I had no intention of waking him up so early on a sunday morning, so just hung around the otogar (bus station) in Denizli till 9 am.
And Taskin turned out to be a really cool dude, with whom I knew I would enjoy surfing. The place had a laid back atmosphere, and suited me in every way. It was perfect!
By noon, his friend Ayse dropped by, and we all cooked a little brunch. And then, left for Pamukkale, which was 15 km away. We all squeezed into Ayse’s beautiful VW Beetle. A red VW Beetle!
Pamukkale – which means cotton castle – is famous for its travertine hot springs, and the white limestones deposits everywhere which looked like they were snow. Shoes are not allowed, and that did take a big toll on my heels, which kept scraping against the hard calcium edges. But still, it was loads of fun.
We hung out till the sunset, when the security finally forced me to exit the region.
And then, we went back to drinking Turkish Raki. Like always.