This past weekend though... I wanted to get out of town. Leave Istanbul behind and get to someplace relaxing and peaceful where I could rest and change my pace. A sweet little Canadian family of three and I had attempted a couple weeks earlier, to get to some hot springs called Termal but had been thwarted by a full ferry. Perhaps this would be the weekend to make up for that missed trip and to go exploring. In my mind I imagined trekking to the springs on my own. A sort of solitary sojourn for contemplation and rejuvenation. It didn't quite work out that way.
I mentioned my plans to try and get to the springs to a couple of friends. Morikke and her husband and daughter thought that a repeat adventure (this time with success owing to pre-purchased ferry tickets) might be a great thing to do as well. They didn't want to spend the night but they might join me for part of the journey. Susan, my librarian friend was curious, but was headed to a travel junkie trip up by the Black Sea. Prags, my best buddy had no plans but said to call him if I wanted company. I waffled about making reservations because I didn't want to pay for a room, then not be able to get there because I couldn't make the ferry trip. I always seem to like to do things on the spur of the moment. Too much planning sometimes leads to missed opportunities.... so I didn't make any room reservations. As a matter of fact, I didn't make any plans at all.
Saturday morning arrived and I had slept in until about 8:38. I know the time because I awoke to a text message. Now at this point in ... a bit groggy, no coffee, nothing in the
So now we had a crew. Morikke plus 2 made 3, plus me made 4, plus Susan and Prags made 6. And then I got another text from Prags telling me that he was going to invite Liz, the new Australian pre-school teacher to join as well. Well we might as well make it a party of 7 ! I splashed and dashed and threw a few things in the backpack. I moved some money so I could afford the ferry and maybe a hotel and I met my friends at the globe -- a statuary of Atlas bearing the planet next to the MEF apartment entrance gates, and THE main meet up landmark. We were off on a mad dash down the hill to the bus stop. If we missed it... our only option would be a very expensive taxi fare. We made it with time to spare and then the anxiety of wondering if traffic would allow for a timely arrival and if there would still be enough tickets for the ferry. We did and there were. Morikke and family were already there, so we bought our tickets and were off on our adventure! I love adventure. And truth be told... I was very happy to be in the company of these lovely people instead of on my own solitary ruminations. I would be even more grateful before the end of our day.
|Heading to Yalova|