Yusuf started organising Coffee Meetings in Antalya for Couchsurfers so I popped along for a couple with Ellen. Although I had met her briefly at a Halloween Party that Nob Stewart had hosted, it was here that I chatted properly to Aynur for the first time.
And a photo after my second visit to the coffee evening.
Then in January Yusuf and Aynur organised a trip through the Couchsurfers group to pay a visit to Karain Cave which is a Paleolithic archaeological site close to Yağca Village about 25 km Northwest of Antalya.
I met Yusuf and two more couchsurfers at Migros before setting off on the bus to the Village, where we picked up Aynur on the way as she lives just a few kilometres from the Cave.
It was a surprisingly Sunny day for January and I had brought too many clothes so had to wrap them around me as we walked about 5 km from the bus stop to the Cave, stopping to pick up some fruit from the trees as we went.
The cave is situated at a height of 370m from sea level and about 80 metres up the slope. Evidence of human habitation dating back 200,000 years has been discovered in the cave, including fragments of a Neanderthal skull.
Although the Cave is not that big it was still worth the trip to pick up on the energy of the place and get a sense of the atmosphere of the cave where people used to live or at least take shelter, a very long time ago.
We hung out in the cave for 20 minutes or so then began our walk back to the bus stop. However, we stopped at a local cafe for a tea and a guy was travelling back to Antalya and offered us a lift. Turkish hospitality wins the day again and after quite a long days walking the trip home was relatively painless.