Part Two: Izmir

Now when I think of this city, so many thoughts flood my mind. It is not a city in a far away land, but a place I actually tried to reside in for a small time. I had placed a lot of dreams and fantasies here, but instead was greeted with reality, sometimes an unwelcome but necessary acquaintance.

I learned so much about myself in Izmir, and for that I am grateful.

The photo tour:

Clockwise from top left: Sitting by the Aegean Sea; The famed clock-tower in the center of Izmir; Efes, the beer of Turkey; Turkish friends that I met through couchsurfing.

The Turkish flag, EVERYWHERE. I love it.

A park in the middle of the city.

Proof that I am a Turkish Gangstaaaaa.

Some picture proof of the crowdedness of the city. Perfectly fine for some, smothering for me.

A Michael Jackson bar & restaurant. I WAS IN HEAVEN!

A very intense warning on a cigarette pack. haha!

Turkish motto: If you ain't gotta place to park, use the sidewalk. :D

Top: Kordon, the wavy walkway by the sea. Middle: My couchsurfing roommate's kitty. Bottom: An AWESOME puppet show we attended. One of the best performances I have ever seen.

And so my Izmir post comes to an end. There's not much more to say, other than it's been real!

**Listening to "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley.

"Oh the bells in the church tower chime, burning clues into this heart of mine."


  1. Hah, Turkey reminds me quite a bit of Mexico, with the crowds and the parking on the sidewalk thing. Intense. But I'm glad you're posting pictures!

  2. How did you do that thing with your pictures? That's what I was trying to do in my last blog...

    PS... awesome.

  3. AWESOME, Ashley!!! There are so many comments and/or questions I could leave... so I'll just pick one:
    The puppent show -- did you understand what they were saying?? That would have to be one awesome puppet show for you to like it that much despite not understanding a word!


  4. You know what...it was a puppet show exhibition. It had many performers from around the world. While there were a lot of Turkish performers, I caught a Spanish performer who talked in English. Lucky for me!

    I was in awe at how life-like the puppets were. And every act was BEAUTIFUL. Some were hilarious. This guy was VERY VERY talented. I'll try to find his name, pretty sure he's a puppet legend or something!!

  5. Hello Turkey! But I couldn't take my eyes off that hello kitty lighter! LOLs

  6. I know!!! They're truly gorgeous!!! If only they were not so expensive!! I can afford now buying one of those gorgeous pieces thanks to my Asos gift voucher, but I love them all so much that I don't know which one to choose!! Thanks for your recommendation!! It's really nice for me to know your opinion! It will help me decide! ;-))



    That Turkish motto about parking is valid in every Mediterranean cities in Europe but ...uh huh stereotyping is not good. I should say that I NEVER EVER use the sidewalks for parking!

    I also wait if it's red light.- You are very Turkish in that though haha

    You should have worn your Fenerbahce jersey to be a complete snobbish Turkish gangstaaa, Ashley. (A kasar Galatasaray fan is saying this)

    P.S. You were supposed to have a Turkish muscle before you left the country. Ha!

    I was expecting you to post some Cesme pictures here as well.

  8. I'm now intimidated by your gangsterness, true story. but i'm reading an autobiography of an LA gang member, so I'm getting a few pointers!

  9. Canada also has those intense cigarette warnings.