Turkey

Rental Cars, Pirates and Calcium

Posted by on Jun 18, 2008 in Around the World, Europe & The Mid East, Turkey | 5 comments

Rental Cars, Pirates and Calcium

When we last left you, we were in Kas enjoying the warm Turkish sun with Carmen and Geoff (two of Allison’s friends). As a group of four we decided to rent a car to visit the near-by, and very highly recommended, Patara beach and Saklikent gorge. After running through the rental formalities, I was selected to drive for insurance purposes. After stalling the car three times, I decided to roll dangerously close to two other rental vehicles to demonstrate my superior ability to drive standard. After shifting the car from 3rd to 1st, and one more stall for good measure, we were on our...

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Why Us Canadians Don’t Hate Turkey: Istanbul & Göreme

Posted by on Jun 6, 2008 in Around the World, Europe & The Mid East, Turkey | 8 comments

Why Us Canadians Don’t Hate Turkey: Istanbul & Göreme

When we got off the tram in Sultanahmet, Istanbul we knew we were going to like it! We had moved from Amman, Jordan, one of the armpits of the universe, to a beautiful albeit touristy European city in the matter of a few hours. Our friends, Carmen & Geoff had recommended a cute and well located hostel and we were quick to ditch our bags and explore the city. We spent three and a half days in Istanbul exploring the sights. The Turkish government has decided that basically every attraction in Turkey costs 10 YTL (about 8 CADs) for entry regardless of its size, importance, etc. The...

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Why does Turkey hate Canada?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2008 in Europe & The Mid East, Turkey | 2 comments

Why does Turkey hate Canada?

Well, we made it to Turkey. While we haven’t been here long enough to form any long-winded posts, I will say this: why does Turkey have a special hate-on for Canada? While in line at the airport to purchase visas, we learned that Canada is in a special ‘F you’ class all on its own – an outstanding US$60 per person. Almost every other nation pays US$20 to US$30 and not one single country is even close to the very special Canadian price. You can find an unofficial price list here. So, what did Canada do to Turkey? Visa fees are usually reciprocal, but I find it...

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