Monday, August 12, 2013
For the last leg of our trip, we took the train further south to Selçuk to see the ancient ruins of Ephesus. We stayed at Atilla's Getaway, a "backpacker's resort", which ended up being a lot nicer and cozier than I had imagined. I guess Contiki Tours don't really end up in Selçuk. The hostel had a great "chill out" area, basically a shaded corner of the patio with tons of floor pillows and rugs, and served cold, local wine which was pretty much exactly what we wanted after being out in the heat all day. They also cooked communal dinner at night, which was a nice way to meet other travellers and hear about their adventures. Since we were only there for a couple of days, we decided to book a tour to see the ruins, which was unfortunately pretty disappointing. We had figured that it would be the best way to avoid being out all day in the baking sun and wondering what the rocks we were looking at had originally been. We definitely learnt more than if we had just brought a guidebook with us, but it wasn't worth the money to be dragged around by a guide who was repeating lines she had obviously said too many times to act enthusiastic. Anyway, the ruins were pretty impressive despite it all. Seeing something so ancient and that had such historical importance was so interesting, and I always find it fascinating to see bits of how life would have been back then.