Ricky goes to Turkey
Bodrum, Kusadasi, Pamukalee, Izmir & Selçuk
Bodrum – I chose to arrive in this charming city since it was close to my salsa festival. Upon arriving in Turkey I immediately noticed the difficulty to get free wifi where I could get it easily in Canada. If you plan on getting free WIFI be prepared to enter the place of business and pay a small fee to use their services. This includes McDonalds and Burger King.
My stay was in a hostel called Eskici. The price was very cheap and center of downtown. There were no latin nights that I could find but I managed to see some beautiful scenery including the harbour and some ancient roman sites.
Pamukalee – One of the oldest historical sites in the world with millions of tourists every year. Incredible white rocks formed by years of running water from inside the earth. Go see it !
Go to the local bus station anywhere in Turkey and they will take you there for a very good price. From Pamukalee you can take bus directly to town or catch another bus to another city close by such as Istanbul or Izmir.
Izmir – A fairly big city south of Istanbul with 4 million habitants. I stayed at a beautiful hostel called Lotus Garden. This hostel is great and the price icludes free breakfast . There is a garden with chickens and all the food is bio ! Great for vegetarians.
I arrived at 4 AM after a short latin night and had alot of trouble finding the hostel But it was worth it .
There are two well-known latin spots in Izmir Mambo Latino Terrace which holds weekly nights and Born’s Café which is further from downtown. The dancers are really great but there is a small shortage of lady dancers. Arrive early because they start around 8 pm and usually dance till 11:30 pm.
Kuşadası – A small tourist city south of Istanbul with about 50 000 residents. I stayed at a beautiful hostel called Sezgin Hotel. I was looking for a hostel but couldn’t find any but made a deal to get a better price if I stayed the entire week. Usual price starts at 120 TKL per night. There is a pool and free breakfast included. It is located in the heart of the old downtown Kusadasi