03.09.2011 - 04.09.2011 35 °C
Saturday September 3rd
We are still staying in our basement/dungeon at the pansiyon sedan. Mum’s pillow feels like it is one big rock, and mine seems as if it’s stuffed with walnuts. Woke up to a very sore ear. We decide to do something more touristy than usual for Team Karim: go on a boat tour. We had seen them from the ferry to Turkey, blasting Turkish pop music, zooming through the waves, and abso-fruitly covered in tourists frying themselves to bits in the hot sun on the top of the boat. Still, the parental units had seen a good price yesterday and think it would be fun. I was sceptical to say the least. But expect nothing and you will be pleasantly surprised.
After we had taken our shoes off (...so as not to damage the floor...) and the boat was JUST leaving the harbour, we saw the “fig people”, as I now like to call them, waving their arms madly to try to signal for the boat to come back. What luck it was that our boat driver (driver? pilot? steering guy?) decided to return for them and the ONLY people we knew in Bodrum ended up sharing a boat with us for the next eight hours! On the boat it was very windy, and we sat in the shade so we ended up not only having a tour, but beating the heat for a day! Our boat made five stops and at each one of them there was an opportunity to swim in the turquoise Aegean Sea. THE WATER WAS SO NICE! I just realized that Team Karim does like naming people as we called the steward on our boat “Mr. versatility”. He did pretty much everything on the trip (lower the anchor, tie up the boat onto some rocks, serve çay, serve lunch... etc) hence the name. We all enjoyed ourselves relaxing in the warm water and talking with our new friends “the fig people”. Alison even had a little Turkish girl of around five years old come up to her and want to be her friend. A bit of a language barrier, but with some helpful translations it all worked out and soon they were drawing quite happily together. Ah, it was lovely to pop in the water, have a swim, pop back out, shower off, then sit down at your table in the shade again and drink cay. Mmmmmm, it was an amazing day (or, if you want to be technical about it, eight hours).
Once we had gotten off the boat, our friends kindly offered to have us at their house for some cay. We eagerly accepted the opportunity to go inside and experience a real Turkish home. It was not only us however; they also invited the relatives of theirs that had been on the boat trip with them! All in all, there were around fourteen people all in their tiny living room, drinking çay, eating grapes, and speaking a mixture of Turkish and English. It was great fun. They had a lovely little house with decorations all around, and their garden was very cute and well maintained. Our host is a sculptor, so his home is full of very detailed wooden carvings. Turkish people seem to like kids very much because they had all caressed Alison’s hair and made a big show of her. She seemed a little uncomfortable about it all, but it’s all part of the experience! To cap off a wonderful day on the water with friends, upon arriving at our pansiyon we had an unexpected surprise... A cockroach-like-bug was crawling around ON MY BED!!! Ahhhhhh! Us girls screamed, ran outside, and left dad (mr.MAN) to take care of it. Ew. It was very hard for all of us to get to sleep (maybe we were all full of caffeine from the çay, or maybe every sound just sounded like a creepy crawly bug in our room/dungeon).
Next day, Sunday September 4th
We went to Bodrum castle in the morning. It is an old brown castle turned underwater archaeology museum. Very hot. Alison and I could not wait to get out. We all moved very slowly, because of the heat, from one shady spot to the next. Did I mention that it was very hot? I think I may have... Bought popsicles for one lira each. After consuming those, we packed up our bags and took the bus to Selçuk.