Ephesus, Pamukkale & Istanbul
After leaving Cappadocia, I took a night bus to Pamukkale. Pamukkale are natural springs, and walking in them felt like walking on the moon. I met some new friends from China (and realized how rusty my Chinese is. 🙈) Meeting new friends is always one of my favorite parts of traveling.
After Pamukkale, I made my way to Ephesus. I spent the day visiting relics and then in the afternoon, I planned to visit St. John's basilica. As I was walking up the hill to get to the basilica, I passed by a waffle shop, and the owner offered me a cup of tea. I stopped by and sipped tea for hours, alternating between chatting and enjoying the quiet.
At sunset, I walked up the hill to the basilica, where the disciple John is said to be buried. I was one of the only people there. It was a humbling experience to visit, especially alone.
Afterwards, a friendly stranger gave me a flower and showed me the best spot to watch the sunset. I thought about how much beauty there is on earth. It's broken, yes, but beautiful. And I thought about how beautiful it is to watch someone do what makes them light up, what they were made to do.
After Ephesus, I went back to Istanbul, where I started my journey. I met up with a friend and climbed the Galata tower to see the whole city in the morning air... such a lovely way to end a lovely trip.
Thanks for stopping by. A little about me — I have a latte each morning and drink about 7 cups of tea a day (not exaggerating.) I live in Atlanta where I'm going to law school. I like long distance running and I love my city and I love exploring our beautiful earth. I believe in following our passions & being free.
I started this blog to document and share my favorite moments while traveling. This is a place where I process my ideas, share the aches and joys of my heart, speak truth, and shine light on the beauty I see in the world.
I've realized that what I probably love most about traveling is the same thing I love about writing — the way it connects me to myself and other people. I hope as you read my words, you feel connected to our shared humanity.
Thank you for reading. :)
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