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Rahil in Cappadocia

Rahil arrived in Kayseri on Saturday, June 12th and hopped on a fast bus to Goreme, centered in the surreal landscape of Cappadocia.

On Sunday the 13th, while his parents, an aunt, and his grandfather soared above in a hot air balloon, Rahil explored the city. On Monday and Tuesday he explored the surrounding regions, departing for Istanbul on Wednesday.

Highlights included a trip to Kaymakli, an underground city, several excursions to nearby valleys filled with weird, erosion-caused landscapes, eating lots of ice cream, chasing several cats, observing camels, and stops at a potter and a winery.

For video of Rahil:
Visiting an underground city, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmLg06Jxnds
Camels in Monk's Valley.
Camels in Monk's Valley.
Cheating at cards with Nani.
Cheating at cards with Nani.
More camels.
More camels.
Reflection in/of Goreme.
Reflection in/of Goreme.
View from the airport bus.
View from the airport bus.
A small portion of the Goreme Open Air Museum.
A small portion of the Goreme Open Air Museum.
Pots!  Jackpot!
Pots! Jackpot!
Crossing the footbridge into Avanos.
Crossing the footbridge into Avanos.
Jumping!
Jumping!
Sleepy.
Sleepy.
In the creepy underground city of Kaymakli, in front of a round stone used to seal the passage.
In the creepy underground city of Kaymakli, in front of a round stone used to seal the passage.
In Urgup for lunch.
In Urgup for lunch.
A glimpse of the future?
A glimpse of the future?
Photo by Rahil of Nani.
Photo by Rahil of Nani.
Above Love Valley, so-named for the phallic formations.
Above Love Valley, so-named for the phallic formations.
Nanu under the nazar tree.
Nanu under the nazar tree.
Can you find Rahil?
Can you find Rahil?
Rahil and Nanu.
Rahil and Nanu.
Atop a wagon.
Atop a wagon.
In Monk's Valley.
In Monk's Valley.
Rahil behind the Kelebeck Hotel.
Rahil behind the Kelebeck Hotel.
In a pottery store.
In a pottery store.
Unlike Nanu, not too impressed with Dad's joke.
Unlike Nanu, not too impressed with Dad's joke.
View behind the Kelebeck hotel in Goreme.
View behind the Kelebeck hotel in Goreme.
View of Kelebeck Hotel.
View of Kelebeck Hotel.
Above Goreme.
Above Goreme.
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During ...
During ...
... After.
... After.
Boarding the flight to Istanbul.
Boarding the flight to Istanbul.
Stopping at a local winery.
Stopping at a local winery.
Jump!
Jump!
Rahil thought these nazars (or 'eyes of Medusa') grew on the tree and could be plucked.
Rahil thought these nazars (or 'eyes of Medusa') grew on the tree and could be plucked.
Huge, tasty orange.
Huge, tasty orange.
Rahil and Nanu enjoy the view.
Rahil and Nanu enjoy the view.
Claws!
Claws!
Too early in the morning.
Too early in the morning.
Dad, gravel!
Dad, gravel!
The portion of the Kelebeck Hotel in which Rahil stayed.
The portion of the Kelebeck Hotel in which Rahil stayed.
Mt. Erciyus (3916 m.) in the background.
Mt. Erciyus (3916 m.) in the background.
Goreme Overlook
Goreme Overlook
With Nanu, about to board the flight to Istanbul.
With Nanu, about to board the flight to Istanbul.
Photo by Rahil of Dad.
Photo by Rahil of Dad.
Photo by Rahil of Nanu.
Photo by Rahil of Nanu.
Nanu and Archana Masi during the balloon flight.
Nanu and Archana Masi during the balloon flight.
A modified VW bus.
A modified VW bus.
View above of a balloon below.
View above of a balloon below.
Uchisar Castle.
Uchisar Castle.
Sunrise view from hotel terrace.
Sunrise view from hotel terrace.
Yet another freaky view.
Yet another freaky view.
View during balloon flight.
View during balloon flight.