In Turkey, we visited some of the most beautiful places of our trip: Cappadocia, Antalya and Pamukkale. In Bodrum, on the southwest coast, though, we were disrespected for the first time in five weeks, and only because we were foreigners. We arrived in the city at 8pm of the day #35 after a trip of eight hours in a small bus, coming from Pamukkale. After finding a small apartment to stay, where we prepared a nice dinner, we decided to go out to see Bodrum’s nightlife. It was midnight and the streets were still full of families with children, couples and groups of friends. Music was everywhere. Bars and restaurants were busy, with lots of tourists from Turkey. In every corner there was a disco with loud music and people dancing or a bar with a band playing and people drinking.
What was supposed to be the craziest night of the trip ended up being the most disappointing of all so far. We were prevented from entering in almost every bar or disco we tried to join. Some would give us an excuse, like “Only with reservation” or “Only for VIP”, but most of the security staff were just saying a strict “No!”. We were not drunk or badly dressed. Later we found out they didn’t allow us to enter because we were men and foreigners. If we were girls, or if we had some girls with us, we could enter. The only place they let us enter ran out of beer. So, we decided to go back home, disappointed with the arrogance we were treated. We were supposed to stay two nights in Bodrum but, after that, we decided to leave as soon as possible. We visited the city this morning and are waiting now for the ferry boat that is taking us to Kos, in Greece. From there, we are going to Athens, capital of the country.