Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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To Selçuk Selcuk, Turkey, Friday, 15 January 2010 5:41am

I had a relaxed morning (the woman running the guesthouse said "You must have slept well, I think!"), because I abandoned the plan to get up early and visit the hot spring before jumping on a bus. My alarm went off, and then I remembered that I don't actually like hot springs, and didn't feel like paying 45TL ($30) to do something that I wasn't really psyched about. So I rolled over and went back to sleep.

When I mentioned that I was going to Selçuk, she looked dismayed and said I'd missed the direct bus. I didn't know that there was a bus that left from Pamukkale at all, much less a direct bus. Too bad, because it would have saved me some annoyance later. She told me that there was a direct bus from Denizli at noon, but that I shouldn't take an Izmir-bound bus.

I caught a minibus to the Denizli bus station and asked around at the various bus company counters for a direct bus. Most of them told me that they didn't have direct buses, and that I should change at Aydın, but I found a company that said they had a direct bus. I was very clear about it, specifically asking if there was a change of bus. They said no.

But when the bus arrived, its sign said "Izmir". So, of course, when we arrived in Aydın, the conductor took the three people bound for Selçuk off of the bus and transferred us to a minibus. I was quite annoyed, not just because of the extra hour this added to the trip, but also that I gave my money to the company that lied to me, rather than one of the ones who'd told me the truth.

I arrived in Selçuk around sunset, so there wasn't much point in trying to visit any of the sights, but I did have a really good meat and cheese pide. It was so good that I had a second.

When I checked in at my hotel, I discovered that Jordan guy I ran into again in Meteora staying in the same place. What are the odds?