Monday – 23/12/2019 | Şanlıurfa to İzmir

This was our last morning in Şanlıurfa so we went back to Balıklıgöl. We were looking for these ladies who wrote your name on a ceramic plate but unfortunately they were closed.

We sat on the edge of the lake watching the fish in the water. My sister left her glasses on her lap so when she moved her legs, they fell into the lake. My brother called one of the people who clean the lake and asked him to fish for it. They spent ten minutes looking for it but to no avail. Luckily, she had contact lenses in the room.

After buying some salep we took a taxi back to the hotel to get ready for our next flight. We then took a bus to the airport as it is 60 TL compared to 150 TL if you take a taxi.

We flew Pegasus for this flight, it was slightly delayed. But it was okay because as soon as we were in the air, the sun began to set and I got to see the sun set amongst the clouds. Sunsets really are my most favourite thing in the whole wide world.

Two hours later, we landed in Izmir. We hired a car for the next few days as we are doing a road trip from İzmir to Cappadocia.

In Turkey, the driver’s seat is on the left hand side and so they drive in the opposite lane compared to us in South Africa. At first, it was very very scary. It was dark and raining, I was navigating and my dad drove. But Alhamdulillah, one hour later, we reached our hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuşadası and it was all worth it.

The hotel was stunning. We were greeted with hot cookies and WiFi.

We were really hungry but we didn’t want to go outside to buy food because it was raining so we decided to order room service. It was divine. We order a chicken quesadilla, an Indian sandwich and spaghetti bolognese (the pasta was bland, we added mayo, salt and pepper to it to give it flavour).

After supper, we went to sleep because tomorrow was going to be a long and early day. It was honestly an every day fight to wake up because all my siblings wanted to do was sleep in until late.

Step count: 7 258

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