Lazy Sunday In Datça

Lazy Sunday In Datça

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.

Two old men drove their 3-wheeled scooter to the beach and set up a backgammon game in the blazing sun

Joe was exercising and later joined me in the shade. We both wondered, “do these people not worry about skin cancer or wrinkles?”

Everyone is in the water

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.

Looks a little like Hawaii with the palm trees and green mountain ranges in the background

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.

In 2 thousand years, Datça may be the site of ruins filled with partial sculptures (the intact ones will be found in the future British Museum).

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).

A meal like this for 2 people costs less than $10
Grapes are $0.53 a pound (granted grapes are endemic in Turkey)! We pay $6.99 per pound in the US, and that’s Costco’s pricing, which is usually lower than the supermarket. On the other hand, bananas are pricey here. What normally would cost $1.49 in Costco, is about twice that here.
This bag of chips is $0.60, which normally goes for $3 back home.

Why do I feel like we’re getting ripped off in the States?

This is the third gift we’ve received from the locals since we’ve been in Turkey. This was from a little girl who lives in the condo complex which we’re staying at. Granted she probably plucked it from one of the rose bushes around the complex, but it’s the thought that counts.

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