Saturday, August 10, 2013
After having breakfast with Asena's family, we drove to a famous spot for Christians especially, because it is the place where the Virgin Mary supposedly died. There were many Europeans who came specifically to this place. Then, we went to old Greek ruins about a five minute drive away and saw many reconstructed houses and amphitheaters. We then drove to a small town nearby where I bought an antique Turkish carpet. The pattern is very similar to that of an Afghan carpet. After this small excursion, we drove to another small slightly touristy mountain village and had grape leaves, "kefir", a fermented yogurt drink, and fresh ice cream. At the ice cream stand, the guy kept playing tricks, where he would pretend to give me the cone but in fact there was another cone stacked so I had to work hard for my ice cream!