Today started with Jay, Zach, and I catching a 2:00 AM ferry from Mykonos to Samos (on our way back to Turkey) and ended with me alone in the eastern Turkish city of Trabzon.
After two ferries, two buses, and ten hours, we arrived in the boring-but-sizable town of Izmir. Jay and Zach decided to visit the Black Sea towns of Safranbolu and Amasra, while I wanted to check out the old Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery near Trabzon. I had researched flights but wasn’t able to book online, so I just took a shot and went to the airport in Izmir. It’s Turkey, so of course I first had to wait an hour for the right bus. Evidently not every 204 bus goes to the airport — only the ones that feel like it. Fortunately, I was able to book the flight (and a return flight to Istanbul tomorrow).
19 hours after I left Greece, my journey finally ended with the pleasant city view you see above. Of course, no restaurants were open so I walked to the nearest grocery store for a filling meal of bread, cheese, and Fanta (my first meal in over 24 hours). Pictures of this deluxe cuisine, as well as 15 hour and 19 hour Ryan can be found below! Check back tomorrow for some hopefully awesome pictures of the monastery.