I am long overdue for an update, I know.
I will spare you the boring details and get straight to the good stuff.
After nearly four years of living in Turkey, I FINALLY made it to the capital city of Ankara. A good friend of mine invited me to spend the weekend with her there (it’s her hometown) and show me around. I didn’t have too many expectations, but what I found was a charming city with an abundance of good restaurants (I’m looking at you, Quick China!), cafes, shops, and TREES!
I started off my trip by stuffing my face with the best Asian cuisine I have ever managed to find in Turkey and tucking in for some much-needed sleep. I am still dreaming about the körili ramen.
We started off the morning by heading to Atakule, which is a mall/giant tower from which you can get a pretty nice view of the city. The orange and yellow leaves were a welcome sight. We don’t get to see many green spaces in Istanbul, so we often feel homesick for that fall aesthetic.
We stopped for a quick coffee picnic on a hill overlooking Seğmenler Park, which was gorgeous and peaceful and reminded me of my college days (picnics = cheap food and entertainment).
My favorite part of the trip was wandering through the alleys in Ulus. The traditional Anatolian architecture blended with cool vintage vibes and we happily spent a few hours strolling through artisan shops and taking frequent coffee breaks.
On Sunday, before catching our train back to Istanbul, we stopped for a long, leisurely breakfast where I had a delicious cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing (again – not common in Turkey, which made it extra special).
Ankara, you were a delight.