After driving for several hours, we stopped in Assos for the night. We ate a delicious dinner in front of a huge fireplace, snuggled in the most comfortable beds ever, and took all the free soaps and shampoos we could get our hands on. In the morning, we ate breakfast at tables overlooking the Aegean Sea and some Greek islands. An old woman came up to our table trying to sell us knick knacks that she had made. She had a very high pitched voice, and we were sorry to tell her that we wouldn’t buy anything. After she left, hoards of hungry cats crowded around the tables looking for scraps of cheese and butter. They were cute at first, but when they started fighting each other and scratching, they had to go.
Upon checking out of the hotel, as we were boarding the bus to start our tour, the tiny woman reappeared with her wooden spoons and knitted socks. The hotel manager told one of the students that this woman owns property at the top of the mountain worth 2 million Turkish lira (over 1 million USD). Apparently the lady refuses to sell her land to the hotel. Our program director ended up inviting her on our bus to take a ride up the mountain. She had to listen to bickering and nonsense among the students, but we dropped her off in front of some random statue. Later, when we were walking back down the mountain, but in a totally different place than we had left her, she reappeared!
We kept on driving up the mountain, and stopped at the ancient city of Assos, where Aristotle apparently delivered a lecture several thousand years ago. From the top of the mountain, we could see the Greek island Lesbos and tried to craft a plan to get ourselves onto a ferry that would take us to Lesbos. There, we would establish a feminist colony and live in solidarity. Unfortunately, we were unable to realize our dream.
Later in the afternoon, after several more hours of driving, we toured the ancient city Troy. We walked on the same land where the Trojan War was fought, which was really impressive. Jack and I reenacted the battle between Hector and Achilles, and our whole group got to climb in the wooden horse similar to that used to end the war.