Our flight to Kayseri was scheduled to depart at 6PM. This allowed us to sleep in and pack at a leisurely pace. It took us 45 minutes to walk from the apartment to the airport bus stop – it was hot especially with a 20lb pack on our backs. Yes, we could have taken the tram for part of the way, but let’s face it, we’re too cheap.
In the 2 1/2 weeks we’ve been in Istanbul, the ticket price went from 25TL to 30TL per person. A taxis was willing to charge us 50TL to get us to the airport. However, being the skeptical NYers, we felt when something is too good to be true, it probably is.
The trip took an hour. Once there, we had to show our reservations to get into the terminal (make sure you have it printed or available on your phone), and then through security screening before heading to the ticket counter.
It took about 20 minutes from the time we got off the bus to the time we got our tickets. After another round of security screening we were off to the lounge.
Our hour flight was a full house, with a very well behaved little baby super spreader seated in front of us.
One of my interests is to pore over maps, so instead of watching inflight movies, I like to study the flight map. As I was moving the map around, I noticed something quite interesting. I could not find Armenia.
A little bit of background. Turkey and Armenia have a history dating back to WW1, involving mass numbers of Armenians dying during their exile from Turkey. The West called it genocide, however, Turks are very sensitive about calling it such.
I can’t even begin to guess why an entire country is missing on the map. Did some IT guy goof while writing the software, or was this by design? This is certainly curious.
After an hour ride from the airport, we finally checked into our hotel in Cappadocia.
So far we haven’t been able to see much since it’s dark. Will have to wait for tomorrow morning…