Thursday 1 October
It was a long way to Adem’s family village at Ulukent and we did get a bit lost getting there as the driver and the guide had never been their boss’s home village. We stopped along the way to buy and taste melons at a roadside stall.
Eventually we arrived and Adem’s parents and sister were waiting patiently for us. They opened their arms and their house to us with a big delicious meal of bean salad, beef casserole and desert.
After lunch we strolled around the small village and met some of the locals, as well as going to his sister’s house to visit. One of the other sisters was away tending to their goat herd in the mountains. It was a pleasure to meet them and, after many photo shoots, we left the village for our accommodation in Pamukkale.
The day was hot and we came back and jumped in the pool to cool down. That night we were given the usual hotel style smorgasbord and we shared a bottle of local red wine with one of the other adventurers, Kath. After dinner, belly dancing was available for those who wanted to wiggle their hips. The belly dancer got first men from the audience and then women to show what they could do under instruction from the dancer.