Tonight we take a night bus to pamukale, close to agean, where we begin our ‘goddess and god’ site exploration. For now, we are still relaxing (what am i saying?.. I have climbed more ‘ups’ than I have in years! – who knew I was in as good a shape as apparently I am??? That overnight visualization last week must have worked!.. or .. … when one is on such a new and unique exploration, perhaps one’s body just chooses to cooperate!) Yet, in spite of much climbing, and walking, it all feels so relaxed here. I adore Goreme and my cave room shared with five others. If it were near a lake or ocean, I”d move here. I may have wr ote that already. Of course, the family would need to come too… wee Evalee could learn Turkish. There is enough access to internet, that coaching by phoning via skype would be very possible. I think my coachees wouldn’t mind that?
So far, the travel has cost so little it’s funny! Megan thinks we are spending a lot, since she is now used to travelling on only a few dollars a day. But, including one long tour and trinkets, the last few days have only cost about 20 dollars a day. I kid you not. HOwever, we could be spending much more as meals are not generally dirt cheap, but we have breakfast with our room, lunch.. maybe eat out, maybe not,.. and dinner is yogurt and muesli and fruit which is boughtat the local grocers. Maybe 50 cents a meal for that. The pistachios are fabulous as in Iran when I lived there years ago, and we had the melon that I”ve waited for for 30 years. It is so good that when I lived in Iran, I wouldn’t leave until after September so I could have the seasonal September melon “just once more.”
It’s only been a few days of travel, yet I feel like I have done and seen and ‘felt’ so much. I have stories started that are quite contrary to the historical version of the faerie chimneys… and sketches that are entirely way too Dr. Seuss-ish. Plus a sketch of Megan and I as we lounged in a turkish lounge, with rugs everywhere, cushions, low tables, turkish coffee, and music. It was such an amazing peacful place to lull. Muses*, come lull in Goreme! IT’s perfect!
The sketches are not perfect, and this is part of my plan for the next weeks is to develop this skill. But, following my own advice for journalling in the workbook, this proves to be such a delightful way not only to record the event, but to be sure you are absorbing the energy of the event in the moment. The time spent sketching will also ensure that one look at the sketch later, will bring back the whole atmosphere in an instant.
* For those who don’t know, the women from the most recent Creative Muse course will know exactly what I mean, having discovered and acknowledged that Lulling is an integral part of creatively living life.
I am on free internet here. And we have a long wait for bus. This is why the long blog! I”m getting smarter about the turkish keyboard. You just change it to English, then go from memory. A good reason not to be a one finger typist that has to look at the keys. ONe would be lost on Turkey!
I am gathering trinkets and beautiful energies for the wedding dress. The first gift was a gift given to us when they heard about what I was doing. (Courtney, I hope youi haven’t discovered the blog.. THey leave tomorrow and I can almost guarantee that the chaos of packing, plus her generally unlikeliness to spend much time on internet, will keep her from discovering this!)
Family, Papa’s pant leg is with me… on every single step of the adventure, and is playing surrogate wedding dress.. while the dress stays peacefulling in Istanbul.
An intent is to go the site dedicated to Hecates.. it isn’t on the usual ‘tourist route’… so we may rent a car in Ismar to go there. Of course ti would be Hecates that I seem to be intrigued with, wouldn’t it? Wayne, is there more areas in Turkey related to Hecates, in addition to … oh shoot, i can’t go look up the name until I finish this. More in an email to you!
Sending all who are reading this, turkish smiles, and goddess glows! (huh?)
Post Trip Addendum: Traveller’s Cave Pension in Goreme Turkey is so wonderful! http://www.travellerscave.com/index-en.htm