Cappadocia (TUR) + 7th Mission Completed!
August 4, 2014
It was a beautiful morning. We slept super well last night after that beautiful White Valley and Rose Valley Loop hike yesterday. So far Cappadocia was my favorite scenic place in the Mongol Rally trip.
We woke up around 7am and there were tons of air balloons right in front of us. One of the biggest tourist attraction in Cappadocia was riding the air balloons to see the sunrise.
While enjoying the coffee our German neighbors next door Mike and Margaret offered us some scramble eggs and toast for breakfast! What a nice couple! Danke Sehr! It was absolutely delicious.
This morning we planned to complete our mission “SING YOU A SONG IN CAPPADOCIA”. Mike and Margen told us a short 30 mins hike from our campsite would take us to a cave church with beautiful echo. Around 10am we hiked down the canyon, it was beautiful to see how all these cave dwellings in this weird landscape. We saw an artists couple making pottery arts living in one of those caves. Very interesting lifestyle choice indeed.
MISSION COMPLETED: “SING YOU A SONG IN CAPPADOCIA”
We found the cave after a simple steep climb. Then we set the camera up and pushed the record button. 10 seconds later we realized we were absolutely horrible singers. Young sounded like a dead seal moaning, Graham was completely tone deaf, and Kenneth was terrible with the lyrics. This was probably the hardest mission we had! Anyhow, we tried numerous times here was our final result, after editing and combining over 30 takes!
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Here are some pics of the hike:
After hiking back, we took a little break, soak in the swimming pool under the scorching Turkey sun, then headed down to the Derinkuyu Underground City.
Derinkuyu underground city
We ate a bit of local Gomelize pancakes (10 Tl each with meat). Derinkuyu Underground City had 9 levels and could house 20,000 peoples at one time, with all the livestocks, wine cellars…etc. It reminded me of human as an ants colony.
It was an very interesting experience the tunnels were super small and short some of them we had to bend down half of our body height to pass through. Then we went back to the campsite and jumped into the pool.
Dinner with Team Radical Nomadical
At night we met up with Jeanette, Helen and Daria from the fellow Mongol Rally team “Radical Nomadical”. We had a wonderful communal dinner, sharing meals and laughter until a lightning storm came.
It was a beautiful night with great companies. Dining and drinking Raki and local wine while watching several miles away a lighting storm slowly approaching us was definitely a fun experience. At one point we all had to go back to our pitch and secured our tents.
It was a good night sleep for us, our tents hold up really well. Unfortunately for Radical Nomadicals their tent had a broken pole. Water was leaking into their tent so some of them had to sleep inside the communal kitchen floor until the storm ended.