CAPPADOCIA: It is Deceptively Hard to get Lost Here (Or Possibly I am a Homing Pigeon)

This is a bit of a bad picture of Göreme.
This is a bit of a bad picture of Göreme.

Kayseri airport is virtually empty when you arrive. There is one member of staff sitting amongst the impressively large collection of suitcases in the lost property office, and three security guards checking tickets at the door.

“How are we getting to the hostel?” Your friend asks. You both make your way to the front of the airport  and watch as everyone around you gets into taxis.

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UK: Angry Llamas, Nettles, and Geocaching in the Chilterns

Inside the cache
Inside the cache

Nearest Geocache 2.2km. Centre the compass to face in the direction of the geocache.”

You’ve navigated out of the town and into a field, where a Llama shifts its weight between its legs and eyes you warily. Why is there a llama in a field in Chesham? Is it even a llama?

More importantly: why didn’t you bring more water? You’ve drunk half of it already and you’ve only just started.

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ISTANBUL: The Balici Boys on Atatürk Bridge

Karaköy Tram Station
Karaköy Tram Station

You smell them before you see them: two young boys huffing glue from a crumpled plastic bag.

Earlier, you tried to visit Galata Tower and got lost in Beyoğlu instead. It’s a sprawl of streets set on a thigh-burningly steep hillside, and the towering apartment buildings quash any hope of using the witch’s hat roof of the Genoese tower to navigate.

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ISTANBUL: How to Shell a Sunflower Seed in less than a Second

A bag of sunflower seeds in Üsküdar
A bag of sunflower seeds in Üsküdar

“It’s simple,” Cansu says, taking a whole sunflower seed and placing it between her teeth. Two snaps later, the seed is in her mouth and she is discarding the empty shell.

“Can you do it again?”

She obliges, but you still can’t work out how it’s done.

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