1 August 2012
Apart from being surrounded by water the Bogazici University south campus also contains its share of forest. Today I decided I’d walk through the paths in the woods that lead down to the Bebek district east of campus.
The forest was so beautiful and green, pretty big too. As I walked around through it I seriously felt like I was in the Hunger Games. It also reminded me of the times I used to go camping when I was younger. I missed the great outdoors.
If only Arizona could be as alive and plant-rich as Turkey is.
I found a tree stump in the forest that had smaller plants sprouting on top of it, and among them this giant fungus the size of a pizza. I thought it looked quite interesting.
Exiting the forest I came across another small stone staircase that led to one of the towers of Rumeli Hisari, an ancient castle built in 1451 by Sultan Mehmed II to control vessel traffic on the Bosphorus Strait.
Near the tower I found a large stone jutting out the side of a cliff with an amazing view of the Bosphorus. I stopped here for a few minutes to rest and sing to myself while admiring the view.
I also got an alternate view of the castle.
Resuming my walk I encountered a large graveyard further down.
The graves were laid out like steppes which I found rather interesting, all on the base of the hill.
I left the cemetery a few minutes later and an ten minute walk down a narrow paved road brought me to Bebek.
I took a stroll down the edge of the bay, where numerous boats both rentals and privately owned ones were awaiting their departure.
Boats reminiscent of pirate ships are definitely my favorite. This one even had a helm like a pirate ship.
After my stroll I had some ice cream by the bay. Inside the ice cream shop there was a television on with some Turkish music videos playing. I remember really enjoying one song in particular but I never found out what its name was. I’ll have to ask my cousin for help in finding more Turkish music because I’ve grown to love it more since I’ve been here and she is knowledgeable in that area.
Before I caught a bus to go home I found a park by the coast with what seemed to be a sandy area with devices for simple exercises. I was curious so I gave one of them a try, one that looked a bit like an elliptical but only went forwards and backwards on one plane. I started giggling excessively to myself for several seconds and that was my queue to stop. I think all that exploring I did that day had worn me out and I was ready to return home.