Now, I have always disliked trains. I can't remember a time when they didn't give me a spook. Because of this fear I have tried to avoid trains for the majority of my life. I distinctly remember the first time I rode on a subway-metro system. My mom, my older sister, Elizabeth, and I went to Washington D.C. for the spring break of my senior year of high school. Of course we had to take the subway to get around the city because having to park the car and move it so often would have been chaotic - I was forced into it. I am actually grateful for this experience because it prepared me for coming to Istanbul where I ride the metro twice a day.
As much as I would like to write that the metro in Istanbul has cured me of this abnormal phobia, I cannot. It has not. Every time the train wavered or wobbled the slightest bit I flinched and shut my eyes painfully tight. It took me 3.5 hrs to get out of my seat. I'm on the right path though because at least I got out of my seat. Unfortunately I looked like an idiot because I couldn't figure out how the doors worked to go between cars.
Once I arrived in Eskisehir I met up with my friend, Gur, and some of his friends. We went to Yazilikaya, Kind Midas' City. After that we got a bite to eat a local burger joint, and then we toured the older part of Eskisehir.
Rock Tombs in King Midas' City
Kind Midas' Monument
Eskisehir is known for it's Meercshaum stone, which is commonly used for pipes. There is a museum we went to that held a lot of different styles of these pipes as well as other sculptures from the stone.
There was also a glass art museum in the old district. This was one of the coolest pieces showcased.
Tomorrow I will see the downtown area, and then I am going to Ankara to visit my friend Utku.