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Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey that draws millions of tourists each year because of its crazy geology and interesting culture. Riding the bus into town was one of the strangest experiences – something akin to exiting the 5 freeway to get a coke, and finding you landed on the moon instead.

IMG_1289 Overlooking the city of Urgup

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DSC03953 The infamous fairy chimneys (which im pretty sure are only famous because of what they resemble from a distance…)

The region is surrounded by volcanoes, resulting in soft volcanic rock formations of minarets and spires all over the city. The residents of Cappadocia carve their homes, businesses, and churches out of/into the tuft, making a landscape best described as other-worldly. You can imagine our resident geologists delight at all the rock-talk…

IMG_1302 The Flinstone residence

The picture below was at a monastery, which still had some amazing paintings murals inside – and some really, really old graffiti:

DSC03912 IMG_1328 Kids were even punks back then…

Besides just taking in the general scenery, most people come to town to take hot air balloon rides over the valley. They were a little too pricy for The Khalerias budget (starting at 150USD), but it was pretty amazing to wake up for sunrise and see hundreds of balloons over the city.

DSC03875 Sunrise from our hostel

DSC03995 Sunset over Love Valley

Next up: Turkey’s capital, Istanbul! Then The Khalerias are going to fast-forward to our trek in Nepal…

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001 Simons Town, South Africa

A few notes and updates:

  • I’ve been spent the last few hours starting to weed through the (gasp) thousands of photos I took in South Africa, and am stoked to move onto a new continent of posts in the upcoming days. Get excited. Africa rocks.
  • The Khalerias just got a job working in Albania at the Berat Backpackers Hostel.  Click on the link to check out where we will be calling home until the end of August.
  • It turns out that Albania is a really awesome place: in that post-communist-state, pretty-foreign-to-tourists, kind of way. And their flag kicks ass. Who knew?
  • From Albania, we are headed to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Please donate to help cover the massive amount of cash that we will spend on beer consumption.
  • I’ve had to start watermarking my pictures since I found out at least one lovely chap is downloading photos and using them as his/her own. If you want to steal anything from this blog, feel free to just email me and ask for an original.

Until next time, love from Albania!

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The Khalerias was on the front page of WordPress yesterday!
Being a big fan and loyal follower of Freshly Pressed, I cant begin to show enough gratitude to all the people who stopped by the blog, left kind comments, and sent me overly-flattering emails. Im working on getting back to all of you in the next couple days… but THANK YOU!

The interwebs is a pretty amazing place.

A post on the wine country of Mendoza, Argentina tomorrow… before we head out on a Blue Cruise charter boat for a four day trip from Fethiye to Olympus, Turkey.

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