Yesterday I got a message from one of my Nepal cohorts saying it was the day we were scheduled to be at 5800m. Instead I’m at home in Antalya, and I keep finding more old photos to help me remember what it’s like to be wandering around in the snow or, heck, to be outside at all!
The two closest ski resorts to Antalya are Saklıkent (I skied there once and biked there once) and Davras. Saklıkent is quite a lot closer by distance, but because the road is so curvy and you have to go over a pass (down and up again) to get there, it doesn’t take a lot longer to drive to Davras near the provincial capital of Isparta. I tried skiing at Davras once: Guillaume, Megan, and I drove up on a weekday, but the lifts were closed (supposedly) because of wind. We had failed to be prepared enough that day to skin up the mountain so we visited the ancient city of Sagalassos instead.
These photos are from a short walk I did at Davras about five years ago with one of the outdoor groups in Antalya. It was quite a casual day, but, as is very clear with the current covid 19 stay at home restrictions, it’s always good to get out.
Nice as always! One doesn’t always think of Turkey as having this kind of landscape.
A couple from Istanbul just moved into the apartment across from me, here on temporary assignment for a year. They seem really nice, and once our distancing restrictions are somewhat loosened, it will be nice to spend more time with them.
Yes, this social distancing stuff is so strange, so new for everyone. No one’s really what we’re supposed to be doing. Ferda and I are travelling by bicycle now, putting on masks when we stop in villages. It seems villagers are mostly not wearing masks, but folks driving through in cars are. Businesses are slowly opening up here. I hope your neighbors convince you to come to Turkey. 🙂