A trip to see some of my friend's friends.
What was originally a spare of the moment thing back in December, sat at work one day with my friend Vanja, we booked ourselves on a return flight to Ankara in the hope that her friends would let us stay for the week. Luckily they agreed, and on the 15th of March 2011 we boarded the flight from Manchester to Ankara with a 4-hour wait in Munich on the way...I'd never met her friends before, so I was unsure what to expect, but staying in a new development only a 10 minute drive outside Gölbaşı near Ankara was very different to if we'd been in a resort.
When we arrived there was snow everywhere - not what I'd expected - but we didn't let it spoil our time there. On our first full day we visited the Ataturk (although the museum was shut) - the Mausoleum was beautiful! From there we went to the small lake (in the dark).
On our second day one of the people we were staying with had to work, so we drove down to the large lake and spent the day climbing the viewing tower, drinking coffee and playing in the many parks that are around the lake. There are some stunning views from the tower, and it is very family-orientated with parks and public bbq's all around.
On the Saturday we took the local bus to the market in Gölbaşı and then headed on another bus to the Ankamall; a huge shopping centre. After coffee and a wander round we went to the supermarket to buy fish for their tea, and fish fingers for me
For the rest of our stay we didn't really do much, but I'll never forget the walk me and Vanja made from where we were staying into Gölbaşı. The hills are very steep and I struggled a lot; but we made it! Another memory, which was rather bizarre would be the Sunday night escapade. One of their friends visited, and after copious amounts of vodka and beer, at 1am they decided we would drive to the other side of Ankara for a bowl of soup! They decided who was the most sober between them, and we headed out...apparantly it's normal for them to do this sort of thing, and they even took more cans of lager to drink in the car!
It was a brilliant week and I've never wanted to be back in a country more than I do now.