Cathedral in the abandoned city of Ani, Eastern Turkey

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I actually went there–and until I did, I never believed that I would–yes, it is totally awesome and incredibly huge and there was virtually no one else there, eastern Turkey was one of the cooler and more adventurous (read: slightly dangerous) places I’ve ever been. There’s really just no end to the awesome tourist-less historical locations in that part of the world, only watch out for the anti-semitic but otherwise polite taxi drivers (this guy told me he wished Hitler had finished the job, and I’m a Jew but he didn’t know!).

There were cave cities, a few old men in the mosque selling some coins they found (the Turkish government has little respect for all the non-Turkish cultural relics present in their country), a really disappointing Zoroastrian shrine that was apparently destroyed by some local archaeologists, and construction work being done across the border by the Armenians. 10/10 would definitely go back (and try to work in a visit to Armenia somehow…).

My flickr account seems to have been deleted, but I have some decent pictures of gorges and massive graffiti-covered organ-like cathedral interiors from that place, and if people ask me I’ll re-upload them.

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