After my terrifying run-in with the beast that is vertigo, I was desperate for some chill-out time to recover.
Unfortunately for me, I had planned for a two week sailing trip around the coast of Turkey with Dave and some of his friends. What would be seen by most as a relaxing vacation was, to me, one of the scariest things I could ever agree to do.
I suffer from severe sea sickness. And when I say severe I mean, I’ve experienced sea sickness in swimming pools and occasionally even in the bath. It’s bad. One of the worst experiences of my life was the two hour whale watching trip I took in Hawaii where I spent the entire time ignoring whales and retching over the side of the boat.
Needless to say, I was more than a little apprehensive about living on a boat for the next two weeks.
While the first week was horrible in terms of seasickness and feeling awful, I was astounded to find that by the second week the nausea was starting to fade and I was actually enjoying the experience. Yet again, I found myself feeling so incredibly proud that I forced myself out of my extremely narrow comfort zone and confronted my fear of boats — I can’t believe that I actually ended up enjoying it!
I definitely didn’t see that coming.
The combination of horrendous vertigo in Selcuk and the constant stress and worrying about sailing had me run-down and exhausted by the time I arrived back on dry land. I was craving stillness and personal space to recuperate. The fact that I had been offline for two weeks while on the yacht meant that I had piles of work mounting up — yet another reason for me to stop moving.
It was then that I stumbled across this post by The Road Forks about an amazing-looking apartment in Kadikalesi, just outside of Bodrum. After checking the prices and realising it would cost just €100 each for four of us to stay for a week we had it booked within seconds.
How could I possibly say no to a pool and views like this?
Clambering onto a ridiculously overcrowded bus with no air conditioning, let’s just say it wasn’t the most comfortable of rides to get there… and then the bus’ clutch broke. Yes, half-way through the journey, we broke down and all the men on the bus were pulled off to push the bus until it started up again — before running after the moving bus to leap back on.
This made for a pretty nerve-wracking journey, with me having visions of the bus exploding and squealing whenever the driver slowed down. I was more than a little relieved when we finally pulled up in Bodrum six hours later.
Our apartment was perfect, and I couldn’t have been happier with it. I still can’t believe I only paid €100 for the week!
Our mornings looked like this.
And every evening featured a spectacular sunset over the mountains.
And so, what did I do during my week in Kadikalesi?
Exactly what I was craving — which was not an awful lot!
I spent a significant amount of time sunbathing and lying by the pool while attempting to get some work done. As much as writing in a place with beautiful surroundings and amazing views is a lot more preferable than writing in a noisy hostel dorm room, it doesn’t quite encourage me to be as productive as I should…
And so I spent the rest of my time eating tomatoes and cheese and drinking pomegranate syrup.
That’s not to say that there isn’t anything to do in Kadikalesi.
On our first day, we took a dolmus to a small town further along the coast. There, we snacked on our usual lunch of kebabs and tomatoes, strolled along the rocky beach and spent an hour or so climbing the mountains overlooking the coastline.
So Kadikalesi isn’t the most exciting of towns in Turkey. But if you ever find yourself in the area and craving a quiet, chilled out alternative to Bodrum then I can whole-heartedly recommend basing yourself up in the mountains for a couple of days.