Surprisingly it didn’t take too long to get to Cappadocia from that last stop of ours – the huge caravanserai, but nevertheless, we were driving for too long. After all, the bus jounced along for hours through the Taurus Mountains and it seemed like all of my internal organs just shifted places!
While our guide was giving general information about Cappadocia, I was trying to text a friend. Soon, on both sides of the road vast region of those charming fairy chimneys appeared, leaving me with my mouth open.
„Millions of years ago, lava from the volcanoes of Erciyes to the east and Hasan to the west covered the region to form what is now known as Cappadocia. The history of Cappadocia begins with the arrival of man after the lava had cooled more than 10,000 years ago“, the guide said.
I was astonished, left my text half-written but still holding the phone, looking outside. Those natural chimneys were surreal, more beautiful than in any photo I have seen before I took this trip. There, there is that huge camel – rock formation resembling a camel, to welcome us to the region. We passed through few settlements… Tried to finish my text saying so far: „Can you imagine that after so many hours of jouncing and shaking, we’ve finally got to…“
Saw one road sign with the name of the settlement we were in – „Nigde“. In Turkish, that „g“ has an accent and should be a silent one, but with all the letters, in my language, Serbian, „nigde“ means „nowhere“!
So I’ve just finished my text: „Can you imagine that after so many hours of jouncing and shaking, we’ve finally got to NOWHERE!“
Next: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL HORSES (8)
The full Cappadocia SERIES
Hah! Funny. I suspect, however, that this place is going to be somewhere interesting. Thanks for making this into a series of posts, rather than one big lump.
Of course, it was a small settlement at the entrance to one amazing valley! 😉 Thanks, love short travel stories, anecdotes – hence Glimpses. Glad you like it! 🙂
Ha I love that you are welcomed by that camel rock formation! It sounds like a very interesting place with an influential history to it, despite being ‘nowhere’
Hehe, thanks. 🙂 It is actually amazing (not that small settlement itself, but the whole region), very unique and worth a visit!
Thanks for the nice post. Sometimes pictures say more than words.
It was just a funny story, hope you’ve enjoyed it. Posts on Cappadocia are yet to come! 🙂
Sometimes is beautiful to get lost in “nowhere” ! 🙂 Loved the story.
Thank you so much! So glad you like it. 🙂
What a funny story! I had no idea that nidge means nowhere. This is definitely something new I learned! Love the rock formations too.
In Serbian language it does, not in Turkish. Thanks! 🙂
The Picture Says itself. Lovely pics
Thank you! 🙂
That’s truly in the middle of nowhere! Indeed that’s some stunning landscapes that even I haven’t seen anywhere!!!
That was just a funny story, of course. Cappadocia is very unique, beautiful place and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Thanks! 🙂
Haha! Nowere means Anywhere we can go. itand Cappadocia ‘s very beautiful and amazing place. 🙂 it’s really interested. Thanks!
Glad you’ve enjoyed it, thanks! 🙂
Those natural chimney of Cappadocia really look impressive! I love it to be surrounded by such rough and untouched nature!
That’s why it’s so amazing – vast, preserved valley full of volcano formations. 🙂
Were the roads that bumpy?! Oh dear, I would have a sore bum if I was bouncing all the way to Cappadocia. That’s really cool that in Serbian, the same word means nowhere! One word can have several meanings and interpretations in different languages (or the same!).
Yes, agree, and it’s interesting when you realize the meaning in question. Love that diversity, don’t you? 🙂
Cappadocia is an amazing place that almost doesn’t look of this world. Your photo is great and I’m looking forward to read the rest of the posts.
Thanks, you’re very kind! 🙂
Thanks for teaching me a word in Serbian. I am not sure whether I’ll ever have a chance to use it or not, but I know that I’ll never forget it 🙂
Hehehe, that’s actually how I remembered the name of the town in the first place – it was just impossible to forget! 😀