The beach front in Bodrum – way better than the one we found the day before
This was a day we had been looking forward to! Ever since we found out how close Turkey was from Kos and how easy it was to get there we decided that we were going to spend a day there. Tuesday was the market day i Bodrum, so we had decided that it was the day that we were going to visit.
We got up early in the morning (red: too early!). We went down to eat breakfast and were ready to leave the hotel before scheduled (I don’t know what happened there?? That is not like us when travelling 😉 ). We went down to the harbour and stood in line for the ticket. We were joined by an old couple from the hotel. They didn’t really had the courage to arrange a tour by them selves until we told them that is was safe, easy and that they could save € 17 compared to the price of the Danish travel agency (they charged € 37 whereas the local boats were only € 20!) . They saw us leave the hotel and quickly followed. They were really nice and even bought us a soft drink in Bodrum as a thank, but man could they talk! But still, after 50 years of marriage they are still holding hands – so sweet!
My mum trying to figure out where to go
Confusing the locals
The boat ride took about 1.5 hours and we all got through immigration quite quickly. We found a tourist information and got a map. We then decided to head to the bazar, but we had no idea where it was so we asked for direction. The local people weren’t really sure where we were headed – I kept asking for the souq and the others asked for the market, so we were send to supermarkets and in random directions until we realized that it was the word “bazar” we were looking for, ups…Well after walking around the little streets, way of the tourist path we were finally headed to the bazar.
Beautiful lamps in the bazar
The huge bazar
We had been warned about this place that it was going to be horrible – full of tourists and screaming men, but it wasn’t bad. They weren’t so desperate to sell and they weren’t screaming or pulling our clothes. Furthermore it seemed like the tourists weren’t there. They might have been scared by all the stories or it might have been because it was low season while we were there….We found a small café and had something to drink. I watched life pass by while the others talked. It was quite funny watching the street life. We were only 1.5 hours away from Kos and the life here was totally different. It had that Asian life written all over it. Over-packed scooters, honking cars, a waiter running from our café into the bazar to serve tea for all the vendors and tourists. After that we split up. My mum and I wanted to make this our trip and just wanted to be the two of us, so we all agreed upon it.
It doesn’t get more local than this
Eating at a place without a menu
We then went on a hunt to find a place where they could fix my mothers bracelet, which she had brought with her from home in hopes of getting it fixed. But we never found a proper place that fixed silver at a decent price. We then searched for a place to eat lunch. My mum wanted a special Turkish dish – a sort of pancake filled with spinach and cheese. It was impossible to find anywhere, even though some waiters claimed to have it and then confessed they didn’t have it when we had sat down -not cool. We walked through the small streets to find a more local place and found a small, but busy place. We asked for the menu. They didn’t had one. Instead the owner took each of us into the kitchen, there weren’t really space for the both of us. We then had a look in all the pots and pans and from that we decided what to order. I have no idea what we ordered – my mum had some skewer of some kind and I had some chicken. The food was simple, but damn it was good! So full of flavours, yum! And on top of that it was actually really cheap. Am I glad we found this place? I sure am!
Two men enjoying some time off
The end of a great day!
We took a stroll down the streets and watch some old men play backgammon before heading back on board the boat. The couple from earlier that day where already on board and had held two seats for us, so we could enjoy the view, unfortunately it got a bit too cold later on, so we had to go down to the deck to get out of the wind. It was a great visit to Turkey, I had actually forgotten how much I liked that country and I am glad to be reminded. When we got back to the hotel, we sat on the balcony, read a book, and later watched the sunset – such a perfect ending to a great day. We ate dinner at a local place recommend by the staff at the hotel. They only served souvlaki and we were the only non-locals there. They did not accept visa, so we had to find an ATM before, but man was it worth it! So delicious and probably the cheapest souvlaki we had on Kos! And our expectations were high since they had nothing else on the menu. It was a place that we probably wouldn’t have visited if we hadn’t be recommend the place. I love those kind of places that is why I always ask the locals for advice.
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