HAMMAM: Bathing the Turkish Way

They say that apart from it's food and scenic places, another way of best experiencing Turkey is by getting the traditional Turkish bath or the so-called hammam.  I've heard friends here talk about it and the way hammam's done - the real, traditional, authentic way - is too much for my conservative Filipina side.

Experiencing Denmark

The decision to buy tickets in December, a time when prices are up, was an attempt to ease our holiday sadness. They say that in non-peak seasons, tickets from Ankara to Denmark and back would only cost somewhere around 300-350 USD. We got ours at about thrice that price. Did we regret it?

A Day in Ulus

When you are in a country that is attracting recent international media attention for all unpleasant reasons, the last thing you'd ever want to do is be outside the comfort of your home. But to be crippled with fear is not an option when you know that you might never

Konya: Home of Rumi & The Whirling Dervishes

Seventeen days. That's how long it took to get myself writing about our 2-day trip to Konya, Turkey. I almost did not want to because...well, I still suck at travel blogging. I get so caught up with being a tourist that I forget to write down important information or take

Captivating Cappadocia

When George broke the news that  we were joining a guided tour to Cappadocia, I was ecstatic! God is great! Only eight days in Turkey and we were getting a tour to one of its most beautiful places-for free! Isn't that amazing? So we left Ankara at 5:30 in the morning

Stranger in Ankara

It's been three weeks since we arrived in Ankara and we're lucky to find a furnished apartment that is a lot more affordable than others of its kind in the area - priced at around $1,000 to $1,200 a month. The units are surprisingly huge in contrast to what we normally would have in