Since two days I am doing nothing except walking to the restaurant for three meals a day and in-between I spend my time at the pool, reading books and magazines, watching Breaking Bad, and enjoying a drink once in a while. Of course I am already here since Sunday morning but I am only counting since the trip to Ephesus. Sunday I needed to acclimatize and Monday I was doing culture. That doesn’t count.
I have not really talked about my hotel so far, the club Paloma Sultan. I am positively surprised at how nice the hotel area and especially how polite and helpful the hotel staff is without being obtrusive. Compared to Egypt (the worst) and Morocco (charming but brash) the best place so far as muslim countries go. Having said this, the food on the other hand has lots of room for improvement. I give them a point for trying and using fresh ingredients but most of it lacks in taste and is very greasy.
The doesn’t keep me from going three times a day to the restaurant to check if there is something new to try. I am definitely not on a diet here, also no sport so far except being in the pool yesterday. Does that count? Going in twice for a little round? Am not sure this is enough the countermand my food intake, but on holidays everything is allowed. The club by the way is populated by all kinds of European countries, which I like a lot. Usually one only finds a mix of Germans and English.
Also made an interesting observation yesterday at the Champions League game. Bayern Munich was playing vs Manchester United and when Uli Hoeness was shown on tv the Germans booed. I didn’t expect that. The guy was just sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for tax evasion of 28m Euros and he accepted it without going to appeal. Which I found remarkable since every Austrian f*ck up who stands in the public eye appeals all the way to eternity. Nobody wants to go to jail. Therefore chapeau! But apparently the Germans don’t think the same way. There was really quite a lot of resentment felt while Uli Hoeness was shown on tv.
But let’s stop politicizing, you don’t care and I am on vacation. Tomorrow won’t feel like it because I have to get up at 6:30. It’s my second trip this week, now to Pamukkale. I will take myself to the pool now.