I am traveling solo again. Antalya — at least the part we were in — reminded me of Florida. Lots of high-rise concrete buildings, no charm. Now I’m in Cirali (pronounced CHEER-uh-lee), in a cabin in the woods. Cirali is a wild and romantic village on the beach, full of hippie-energy. Organic food, fresh herbs, yoga retreats and Thai massage abound. It reminds me of the Sacred Valley in Peru, and I love it.
My landlady built my cabin. Diana is a stunningly beautiful Greek-German woman who has lived alone in the woods here for several years. She moved to this property when there was nothing on it at all, and has built up cabins out of things like discarded doors. There’s even a yurt (Oriental tent). The property, like the woman, is rugged, wild, full of spirit, and totally connected to nature. I’ve only been here one night, but I am absolutely in love with it.
I slept so well in my little cabin last night; better than I have in ages. It feels so good to connect with nature again. Today I walked into town. Diana recommended that I stop by the restaurant Merhaba, to see the view.
There are downsides to being in the woods, of course. This morning there was a big spider in the toilet! There are vipers here, I think, and scorpions. Last night I was sure I’d met a badger in the dark. I felt a little foolish when I learned this morning that the neighbor’s black and white dog makes night raids on the trash. But I still love it, and I can’t believe I have the good fortune of spending the month of June in the Cirali area. I move on the 15th to my first volunteer project for Workaway.info, but it’ll be nearby.
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I'm a nomadic freelance writer, out enjoying the world!