Our First Day In Turkey (Part 1)

We got back from Turkey two days ago, tired and exhausted. Now that we’ve rested up a bit we wanted to recount our trip and describe everywhere we went.

During our trip, we made some amazing friends from some unexpected places…we hope you all get the chance to visit Turkey¬†some day too!

We arrived in Turkey Wednesday at 1 PM and quickly took a cab out to our Hostel.

The Turkish Flag
A Turkish flag we snapped while in the taxi

People walking around in Istanbul
People mulling around on the road
Bosphorus Bridge
The Bosphorus Bridge is located in Istanbul, and connects the European part of Istanbul with the Asian part
Refugees from Syria
Our taxi driver told us these kids are refugees from Syria

We stayed at a hostel called Hush Hostel. $15 a night per person for 4 people, it was a steal!

hush hostel
This is a photo from their website, it’s similar to the one we stayed at. Minus the potted flower & the balcony! ūüôā
View From Hush Hostel
Our view from Hush Hostel

We checked into the hostel, unpacked our bags a little bit, and realized how hungry we were. We went out and looked for a quick bite to eat.

Lahmacun from Istanbul
Lahmacun being made in old stone ovens
Us On The Way Back
Us walking back to our hostel to eat the lahmacun
Delicious lahmacun
This cost us less than $2.0 Crazy! Taste loosely reminded us of pizza but with different seasoning and no tomato sauce. Very good!

Later that day, we went out to get dinner with one of our friends in Turkey. Along the way, we walked by a market.

Market In Istanbul
A grocery store in a market we walked past
Decorations on trees in Istanbul
We saw these beautiful directions on the way to our restaurant
Dinner with Ozay
A shot of the loombrand Team (minus Kevin, our photographer) at dinner. Along with them is our friend Ozay and his wife
Turkish Coffee
We finished the night with some Turkish coffee. Mmmm…
wesaidgoodbye
We said goodbye to our friends and were on our way

We didn’t end up sleeping that night, we had a flight to catch at 6:00 am to Denizli, Turkey, the town near our partners in Babadag!

We stayed up, enjoyed the ambiance of night-time in Istanbul, laughed, and talked. A couple of hours later, we were on our way.

We arrived in Denizli around 9 am- pumped and excited. We assumed that Denizli airport would be somewhere within the vicinity of Denizli city. Turns out it’s an hour drive away. Good thing we rented a car!

Denizli Airport!
Right after we left Denizli airport we snapped this picture

 

Great view from the way to our hotel in Pamukkale
Great view from the way to our hotel in Pamukkale

We got to our hotel in Pamukkale (30 minutes away from Denizli) and were too exhausted to take any photos. We went out and got a quick bite to eat while regrouping and figuring out our plan of action for the day.

Melissa and I
Melissa & I – I’m too busy focusing on my food to¬†realize this photo was being taken!
Zion - charming as always!
Zion – charming as always!
Nobody ever takes photos of Kevin!
Nobody ever takes photos of Kevin!

We set out to learn more about the area we were in and see some of the local sights, as well as see if we could find some pestemal!

textile merchant in Pamukkale
This textile merchant was surprised to see us here
This is an interesting view showing Pamukkale from the town. Up on top are a lot of travertines and hot springs. We're in a touristy entry area in this photo.
This is an interesting view showing Pamukkale from the town. Up on top are a lot of travertines and hot springs.
We found a farmer with his herd eating lunch, pretty random!
We found a farmer with his herd eating lunch on the way back to our hotel

After we got to our hotel, we set out to Denizli and went to Pamukkale University. We urgently needed to find a translator in order to be able to talk to our  suppliers in Babadag.

Zion and I ended up talking to around 20 people and it was a blast! Turkish people are incredibly hospitable, and all of them tried their best to help us as much as they could. We met a group of young students who called all their friends to try to find someone who could help us.

Some students in Pamukkale University. I guess selfies are universal :)
Some students in Pamukkale University. I guess selfies are universal ūüôā

In the end, we met a professor named Ersin who offered to take us to Babadag and translate for us.

That’s all for the first part of our trip! Stay tuned for the next blog post in which we talk about our experience visiting our manufacturer in Babadag, and what it was like there.

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