Our second group trip- and my final trip- was a five-day exploration of the Black Sea region in northern Turkey. Which means it was really a 600-mile bus ride of craziness, laughter, and amazing cities that most tourists have never heard of.
The worst part of this trip was the first thirty seconds of waking up at 5:30am to catch the bus to the airport. We flew Turkish Airlines to Sinop Airport, a tiny airstrip with a terminal that doesn’t even have a bathroom, and proceeded to the nearby city. 65,000 people live in Sinop, located on an isthmus that is also the most northern part of the country. At first sight, it looks like a tourist town, and really should be that way, except that it gets very few tourists (and zero international tourists) outside of the occasional cruise ship. It has water on three sides, a downtown located within a castle with restaurants and shops, and several small historical attractions that can entertain for a day...Read More