These 2 days were the first couple of days we haven’t been woken up at 5-6 in the morning by the call to prayer since landing in Turkey. Not because there isn’t a mosque in Datça, but because the mosque is located far from where we are staying. So we got a chance to sleep in today. Now thinking back, I don’t think we’ve heard any call to prayer since being in Datça.
The days are quite leisurely here in Datça. No one is rushing around. The beach seems to be where everyone congregates.
Joe was exercising and later joined me in the shade. We both wondered, “do these people not worry about skin cancer or wrinkles?”
An interesting thing we noticed about the majority of swimmers is that they all wear water shoes or Crocs. Perhaps it’s because the ocean bottom is not sand, but large rocks.
Similar to Laguna Beach, Datça appears to be an artist community. People set up stands selling unique arts and crafts, unlike the ubiquitous souvenir shops you see in the bigger cities. The artistic vibe of the community is palpable with all the sculptures scattered around town.
While strolling around town, we realized that Datça’s cost of living is amazingly low – perfect for retirees who want to be close to the beach but have limited funds. A 2BR 1 bath apartment goes for $300 a month (similar apartment sells for 128k).
Why do I feel like we’re getting ripped off in the States?