Happy as 2 pigs in mud!
07.05.2013 - 07.05.2013 34 °C
Breakfast this morning was around the pool of the hotel, and at 9am we left - continuing our journey along the coast in the south western corner of Turkey. I hadn't paid alot of attention to what we would be doing today - I've been flat out trying to absorb everything that we've done so far. We arrived in Dalyan to take a tour of the Mud Baths and Sulphur Hot Springs. What I didn't realise was that we would actually be getting in to the Mud Baths! In our haste to leave the bus with everything that we would need, I left my bathers in the van - and we'd already taken a boat ride to the Mud Baths, so I couldn't go back. So. My quandary was: 1. Not participate 2. Wear just bra and knickers 3. Wear bra and boardies. Well - I am a prude, but I didn't want to miss out on this. Red's words to me were - "I'll leave it up to you". My words were "Oh, stuff it". I opted for No. 3. I whipped off my top right in front of Yigit (oh my God, I can't believe I did that!) and went as quickly as I could into the mud baths. I thought that if I could cover myself in mud my bra might look like a bikini top. We covered ourselves in the mud, what a weird feeling to have the mud squish between your toes. Then we got out in the sun to dry. It's the same as a mud pack on your face but it's all over your body. When dry, your skin resembles elephant skin. It was hilarious! There were hundreds of people all doing the same thing - it looked like the finishing line of Tuff Mudder! Funny - when men are covered in mud - they go all "cave man" no matter where in the world they're from. Once it had dried we washed off the mud under outdoor showers and got in to the Sulphur Hot Spring (hot and smelly), then back under the shower and I was then able to put my t-shirt back on. My dignity? Nowhere to be seen today!
We got back on to our little boat and took a leisurely trip through the canals - they're everglades really. Just stunning. Carved in to the side of the mountains at Caunos are the Ancient Kings Tombs, built in the 4th Century BC. Our little boat stopped on the canal at the foot of the tombs - and Yigit provided us with one of his history lessons. On we sailed.
As we came close to Iztuzu Beach we stopped by a little boat and were shown a live blue crab - only just caught. We ate freshly cooked crab for lunch - cooked on the little boat, right there and then. Very sweet. Plus! We had a visit from a Loggerhead Turtle. The guy cooking the crab threw out a fish on a line to attract him in. What a treat that was! The Loggerhead Turtle has been living in this area of Turkey for 96 millions years - now that's a long time! If they survive, the turtles can live for up to 200 years.
We stopped at the beach for about an hour and a half and then made our way back through the canals back to Dalyan.
We've been driving for the last hour and are now just coming in to Marmaris - it's a huge port city with literally hundreds of boats and pleasurecraft berthed right along the bay. We're here for two nights.
We all had a really pleasant dinner in the hotel - along with Yigit and Yusef - with some great conversation across many topics. No luck connecting to the internet tonight. We'll give up and try again in the morning.