By now I am a little torn if it is good to book a summer vacation seven months in advance. But I had collected so many frequent flier miles with Turkish Airlines that it would have been stupid to let them expire. And it is very nice not to have to pay for a long distance flight from Boston to Istanbul … so I booked my flight last December. In June I finally sat down to plan details and decided to first go to Bodrum since it is one of those Aegean towns that I love to go to again and again [here]. It also helped that due to this year’s tourism crisis everything is so much cheaper in Turkey because Bodrum being a magnet for many richer Western tourists is normally quite expensive. I booked a week of all inclusive holidays in the Kervansaray hotel because I figured that I needed several days to get rid of my jet lag. Also I find it convenient not to be responsible for anything for a week – or so I thought.
Ok, here’s my confession: I didn’t enjoy that all inclusive vacation as much as I thought. Thanks to my melatonin pills I didn’t have any jet lag, and you can only sleep a certain amount of hours, or read a certain amount of books, or eat a certain amount of food. After that there is still much time left every day. I mean it was still a nice week, but I have come to the conclusion that I won’t book any all inclusive holidays again in the near future.
Anyways, Bodrum. It was as beautiful as always. I was there most summers after I had moved to Turkey, Canavar even is from there [here]. It is a busy small town, beautiful with its white houses and many boats. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is there, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World [here]. I like walking around and eventually sitting in one of the many cafes directly on the beach, looking at the sea and often the castle. Plus the Aegean coast is special anyhow, I don’t know any other region having this kind of beautiful blue light. And so I was happy in the end that I had gone to Bodrum once more.