26th February 2015 – Goreme, Turkey
I said my goodbyes to mosques. Atleast for now. I am now in the land of churches, but not the normal kind. Dug deep into rocks, like a scene from Cameron’s Avatar. Sometimes reality trumps the hollywood fantasy grind.
After a ridiculously long journey, involving 2 buses and a minibus, I was finally in Goreme.
Cappadocia is a region of magical beauty, as I noticed during my minibus ride from Nevsehir to Goreme. Almost resembling a lunar setting, the whole region has been a refuge for Christianity, from the Ottoman period itself. There are churches in chimney-shaped rocks, and other kinds of refuges built into rocks itself.
There are a few different places to stay in Cappadocia, but since I had only 2 days here, decided to stay in the central Goreme area, where cheap hostels were available. In fact, the one I am staying in, costs me only 5 Euros. I am not sure if it is because of the off-season, but that is the cheapest I have stayed in Turkey and Serbia so far.
10 minutes after checking in, I was out on the street walking towards Cavusin, another small town famous for its rocks and trekking paths. And I kept stopping every 10 minutes, to click at rocks. Yeah, I can hear myself and it sounds stupid : “clicking rocks”! But thanks to the low season, there were very few tourists around.
Good for me. Nobody is around to see me “clicking the rocks”