On Thursday, October 27th BIH conducted a trip to Trabzon. Our interest was to learn about different aspects of Turkish culture, while exploring a new city. Since, Trabzon is one of the most scenic cities in Turkey and it is famous for its diverse culture in terms of- food, dances and music- it was a perfect spot for our purpose.
On Thursday, as planned we gathered at the dormitories’ bus station at 10:30 pm and left campus by 11:00 pm. We traveled 767 km in 12 hours, with 3 short stops. Our first and second stops were near grocery stores and gas stations with restrooms hence the stop did not last long. However, when we stopped for the third time at approximately 9:00 am, it was breakfast time and we were just an hour and half away from Trabzon. As a result, we stopped for breakfast at a restaurant. The view was spectacular and a Turkish-style breakfast was served to those who chose to eat.
At around 11:00 we arrived in Yılkaça at the Tirebolu hotel and checked-in. After resting for an hour we left the hotel for lunch at Angelique Café and Restaurant. It was an open buffet with a variety of delicious main dishes, salads and desserts.
At 1:30 pm we left for the Hagia Sophia Museum, after which we visited the Atatürk mansion. We explored the museums and took pictures in the magnificent historical areas. By 6:30 PM we returned to our hotel, rested for a while and had dinner in the dining area. Afterwards, at night, we went on a visit to a mountain-top area that has a view of the entire city. We stayed there until 11 pm and then returned to the hotel.
The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel, then checked-out to travel to Uzungöl . Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon. Uzungöl is also the name of the village on the lake’s coast. Over the years, the picturesque lake, its village and the surrounding valley have become a popular tourist attraction. The lake is at a distance of 99 km from Trabzon’s city center. We had around 5 hours to spend at Uzungöl. There were a lot of things to do there including paddle boating, souvenir shopping, eating, cycling, and most importantly taking pictures with the most breathtaking views.
We departed from Uzungöl at around 5:30PM and directly hit the road back to Bilkent. The ride back lasted 12 hours and we finally reached Bilkent by 6AM.