a bus with a steward
fields of gre . . . er, yellow!
of so little time in Turkey on this trip, I really thought about taking
a tour to Troy. However, that ran against all of my traveling instincts.
I checked on the prices for a tour and it ran around $200. I knew
I could do that for half that price and have a lot more of an adventure.
So, I took a bus and set out to do it myself. If the buses all over
Turkey were like the Istanbul/Canakkle run, I'd be willing to go just
about anywhere in the country. It was such an easy experience!
first surprise was the quality of the bus itself. It looked just like
the kind of buses that toured Antwerp, complete with air-conditioning,
video (although in Turkish), and assigned seats. The driver and two
ticket agents wore matching maroon uniforms and a steward took care
of the passengers. The bus fare included snacks, drinks, and even
a refreshing solution for your hands.
stopped for a break, and I thought it was lunch. But, it was only
ten minutes. I could eat fast, but I had to gulp to finish before
the bus pulled out. It was one of those things you learn through experience.
On the reverse trip, I knew better. And, of course, on this run the
steward warned me that it was just ten minutes.
seemed to take hours to get out of Istanbul. It was at least three
hours before I saw any of the kind of countryside. But, it was just
what I expected. Well, sort of . . . there was some plant in bloom
that filled fields with yellow flowers. I'd never seen anything like
it before and was so pleased when one of the bus stops was conveniently
in front of one of those fields.