The Caribbean of Europe!

Just because my Cappadocia videos are over now, doesn’t mean that it was the last series about Turkey.

Next, you can look forward for videos full of beaches, ocean, and colourful sunsets.

First part is right here!

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ABC Travel List: X,Y,Z – Xinjiang, Yangon, Zanzibar

Because the last three letters are rather poor, and it is already May today, so I will just wrap the last three letters up as cities, because there aren’t really a lot of countries here.

Lets start!

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Xinjiang

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Source: farwestchina.com

Xinjiang is actually a province in West China, mainly populated by Uighurs and Han Chinese who are mostly muslim. The landscape of this province has everything from deep blue lakes to bright orange deserts.

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Source: china-silkroad-travel.com

These are the rainbow mountains of Dnaxia Landform. An amazing sight that I have never forgotten from the moment I first saw them on pictures.

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Source: youtube.com

And of course, there are a lot of mountains. This is the Changbai Mountain with lake Tianchi on top of it. Looks more like a friendly volcanoe to me. I would probably not dare climbing this gigantic thing, but it surely looks impressive.

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Source: visitourchina.com

This is the city of Aksu which is famous for its rock formations and it kinda reminds me of Cappadocia. The name Aksu actually sounds turkish as well. It even has a meaning in turkish, which means something like flowing water. Very ironic, since this place looks as dry as it wouldn’t see any flowing water for months.

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Source: thecrowdedplanet.com

Xinjiang is famous for its muslim food, especially the Kebab. Everyone in China loves these grilled meatsticks which are famous in other muslim countries as well. I would love to go on a food trip to Kashgar, which seems to be the cultural centre of Xinjiang.

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Yangon

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Source: amicimieiphukettravelagency.com

Yangon is one of the more popular cities in Myanmar and looks pretty majestic. Myanmar is actually climbing the stairs on my travel list, the more I see and read about this country. The architecture looks so unique, and I don’t know anything about their food which makes it so intriguing.

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Source: eoinbutter.com

This is the Shwedagon Pagoda and it probably is the most beautiful pagoda I have seen on a photo. It is white and gold, almost like liquid.

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Source: myanmar-rundreisen.de

Probably inspired by the hot air balloon rides over Bagan, it seems like getting sights from above might also be possible here.

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Zanzibar

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Just recently I have seen an instagram picture of a friend who went to Zanzibar which is in Tansania in Africa, and it looked gorgeous!!! The water looked like a mirror, a mirror of the sky. And the pale sand of the beach matched the pale blue colour of the sea perfectly.

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Source: zanzibar-tanzania.holiday

This just looks unreal.

This place would also make a great honeymoon getaway or just a couple’s retreat.

This post has actually been quite short despite covering three different letters and cities. But it’s time this challenge comes to an end now. It was a lot of fun, and I actually discovered a lot of places I haven’t known before.

I hope I could also give some of you inspiration for new travel destinations you haven’t known of.

But I would still like to know what other XYZ places you would recommend, if you know of any, since it is really hard to find places that start with that letter. I would be delighted, so feel free to comment below.

My next post is gonna be about my travels in Beijing in Xi’An which I haven’t posted yet. I know, I am late, but you can definitely look forward for some great picture and stories. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

ABC – Travel List: D – Dominican Republic, Dubrovnik, Dorset and East Devon Coast

The next letter in this challenge is all about water, ocean, and sea. What else is any better than the outlook of the most beautiful ecosystem there is?

I probably won’t say too much about these places, because the pictures speak for themselves, so enjoy.

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1. Country: Dominican Republic

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Source: thomson.co.uk

There is no explanation needed I guess. There are also not many countries starting with the letter D, at least not many that interested me a lot. So let’s just say, it was pretty easy to pick Dominican Republic.

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Source: worldtravelguide.net

2. City: Dubrovnik

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Source: urlaubhome.com

Croatia’s blue pearl has been on my list for ages. Its deep blue waters flowing around the coastal region of a city that looks like it’s been taken out of a medieval movie (I’m looking at you Game of Thrones), are making me just wanna pack my bags and have an early summer vacation. I’d even say that living here might probably feel like paradise. #whatamidoingwithmylife

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Source: lonelyplanet.com

3. Dorset and East Devon Coast

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Source: google.com

I actually never realized that this place looks like the Thailand of England. Seriously, I didn’t know that there are such deep blue waters in England. This place is also famous for its archeological researches which makes it even more interesting. I wonder if you can actually go swimming here, since the waters look wild. But even if not, just breathing this air and enjoying the views seem to be enough medicine for the soul.

What do you guys think?

What are you top D-letter destinations on your go-to list? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

Summer Vacation Turkey 2014 – Wrap Up Part 5

Friday, 29th of August. Izmir:

That day we went to Karsiyaka to go shopping a little bit. I only had 4 days left there, and my sister just recently came, so we wanted to look for accessoires. I found these:

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A Looney Tunes lip balm and a cute nail file :)

Later, in the evening, my sister and me went to a restaurant to eat something, before meeting our cousin later on who would leave from work at 11pm.

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My cousin Irem’s colleague took her by car and before he brought us three to Irem’s house, we went to drink something warm in a cafe nearby. The night got quite cold, so we wanted to warm up a little bit.

Late in the night we went to Irem’s home where she lives with her grandma and her father. We saw her dog and greeted her cute grandma who welcomed us so nicely.

We drank a bit Malibu-Cherry together and talked a little bit. Then went to bed at 2 or 3 am, because we wanted to wake up early the next morning to go swimming in the sea a little bit.

Saturday, 30th of August. Izmir:

We woke up early, at about 9 am. We wanted to take the bus to the sea. Before we went, we fed Irem’s dog and watched her grandma’s birds a little bit.

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He’s soooo cute!!! His name is Capak :)

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Without having a breakfast, we left. Irem suggested to have breakfast there by the sea to which we agreed.

After a 30-minutes busride, we arrived. It was a beautiful place. There was a pier and a cafe. If you eat there at the cafe, you could use the canvas chairs and seat cushions as you wanted to. So, at first we ate something there for breakfast.

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Turkish black tea and Kumru (A sandwich, in which the sesame bread is famous for)

After that, we went swimming in the sea.

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The sea was really so beautiful. The perfect kind of sea that I like. Gets deep very fast, dark blue, and cool. We were in the water for about 30 minutes, then went out to get dry a little bit. We couldn’t stay too long because Irem had to go to work at 3 pm or so.

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The beautiful flowers in Irem’s grandma’s garden

When we arrived, we went to shower and then dressed up. My sister and me returned home. My cousin went to the fair in Izmir, because that’s where she worked in the summer. In the evening, we wanted to visit her there and go to a concert from a famous turkish singer which took place there that day.

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That’s how the fair looked like

When the concert was over, and Irem left her work at 11 pm, we left to go to a bar nearby at the bar street.

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It was a shot bar and we got free inject shots at the entrance.

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The sign says: I am not drunk, but I might get

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We danced and had a lot of fun. These are the shots we ordered.

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The shots were called Dawg, Sospiro, Oha, Popo, Ping

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At about 1.30 am we left the bar and went to catch the bar. There, we got a bit stressed out, because we realized, that we had to fill up our bus cards. Irem hurried and ran to the next supermarket to charge it up and we waited for her. It was a marathon against time, because the bus should come in a few minutes. In the end, we caught the bus. However, it took quite long to arrived in the street nearby our house, because the bus stopped quite often.

At about 2.30 am we arrived at home and went to sleep immediately. I was so tired, and my feet hurt so badly.

Sunday, 31st of August. Izmir:

Today, Irem’s boyfriend wanted to take us out for breakfast. He picked us up at about 10 am. His friend was also there, so we went to a location to have breakfast and talk. His boyfriend is very nice and funny, also quite talkative. And his friend was also a very talkative person, so we always had something to talk about. Time flew by so fast while we sat there for about 3 hours, eating and talking :’D At 2 pm we had to leave, because Irem had to go work again. Her boyfriend drove us home and then he would take Irem to work.

In the evening, our aunt’s invited us to a wedding eve-party of their relatives. It took place in the back streets. We went there, but my sister, my cousin Funda and me only stayed for about an hour, then we went to our place to eat and drink a little bit. Half an hour later, our parents also returned and we all sat together, drank Malibu or tea, ate chocolate and talked. After midnight, they left for home as well.

Monday, 1st of August. Izmir:

That day, I packed my suitcase and the rest of the day I relaxed, drank tea, and continued reading “A Game of Thrones”.

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Tuesday, 2nd of August. Izmir/Stuttgart:

That day, we went to Karsiyaka for the last time to shop for the last few things to pack, like gifts for friends and family. We left early in the morning to have breakfast there.

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I also found a book by Orhan Pamuk.

After breakfast, we went to buy some turkish delight.

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Top shelf right side: Turkish delight with rose water and pistachio Top shelf left side: Turkish delight with honey Middle shelves: Turkish delight with chocolate Lower shelf right side: Normal Turkish delight Lower shelf left side: Turkish delight with fruits
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Here, the ones on the right side are all with pistachio. The ones on the left side are all with pomegranate

We bought a mixed package of turkish delight from here. I especially like the ones with pomegranate and orange.

Later, we met with Irem again for the last time. It wouldn’t be a long absence, because she would also do her Erasmus this year in Prague, and we want to visit her on New Year’s Eve. At about 2pm we made it home. We prepared the last things and then left for the airport at 4pm. There, my suitcase had overweight, so we had to leave some things, or put them in my backpack. The rest of the day didn’t go as I imagined. The next mishap was the belated plane. My plane should take off at 7 pm, but it got delayed for over an hour. Of course, everyone there stressed out, and looked for a wifi – code to write their friends and relatives who would pick them up when landed. Me and a woman with her older son looked at the kiosk and found a wifi code. I even saw a girl I knew from my old school who was also in the same plane as me. Finally, at 8pm it took off. The whole flight over, there was a little child crying all the time. When we landed, my head was about to explode. I arrived at 10 pm in Stuttgart, and until I got out, it was about 10.30pm. Yet, another problem: When I took my luggage, I noticed a big, sticky stain on it. I almost exploded of rage. Some idiot probably put jelly or something sweet in his/her luggage, and that stuff leaked out and onto my baggage. Later, my father brought some wet tissues from the toilets to wipe it off. I was so pissed off by the turkish people myself, because they always do shit like that. Taking food from Turkey in their luggages. No wonder that something like that happens. Well, after raging for minutes, my father calmed me down and we went home. I was too tired to get out my stuff from my luggage, so I did it the next day.

All in all, I had great vacations, with lots of yummy food, good weather, nice books to read and a lot of people I met.

How were your holidays?

Thanks for reading all of this :D

Summer Vacation Turkey 2014 – Wrap Up Part 4

Thursday, 21st of August. Izmir/Marmaris:

When we had visited our family friend two weeks ago, we had asked him to organize a hotel for us. He gets the rooms for cheaper, since he knows the owner of that. So that week on Thursday the 21st of August, we woke up early in the morning and went to the bus station.

We had a 4-hour-ride, but it went fast enough. We got a lot of free stuff served in the bus, like free ice cream, free snacks and free drinks like water, juices and coffee. The service is great! We also had a monitor with movies attached in front of everyone. But I already had my book to read, so I did that a little bit, before getting sleepy and falling asleep.

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The free ice cream
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We passed a lot of different landscapes

When we arrived, our family friend picked us up, because he himself also was at that hotel with his wife and little daughter. But it when we arrived, they only had 1 or 2 days left at the hotel.

We checked in at about 2.30 pm. We went to our room to unpack our stuff.

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I love that free hotel stuff
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We had a glass elevator *o* Like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :’D

Then we dressed and went down for the beach. It was beautiful. Right in front of the hotel. Without any walking distance. There also was a pier, but when we arrived at that hour, it was already quite full there, so we sat down on the sunbeds. We also swam in the sea the first day, and got ourselves a cocktail, but I soon went back to the room to take a shower. My sister and my mum came later. By this, we were quite on time for dinner. Well, okay, we were a bit late actually, I don’t quite know why. But we still got something to eat. Oh, and how much we ate…

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I overdid it a little bit… ehehehe. The plate couldn’t be big enough :’D
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Errr desert! :D

In the evening, there was a Mongolian circus show at the poolside. It was unbelievable what they did!

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Friday, 22nd of August. Marmaris:

We started this day, of course with a breakfast. I overdid it again… This time with the chocolate sauce…

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I had a sugar shock after that I think :’D

After breakfast we went to the pier right away. Our mother has reserved us some places on the cushions. It was so comfortable there, and the sea right in front, under, and around you.

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A panoramic shot

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Our hotel. Elegance Hotel.
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A great shot from my sister

During the day, I did almost everything. Read a little bit in my book, also a little bit in my sister’s magazine. After lunch, I granted myself a cocktail. Or two. Or three. If I had known there was pool aerobic, I wouldn’t have drunk so much Vodka-Cherry :’D But still, I did it, drunk as I was :’D It was fun, but the pool was just too hot!

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Later, I met some guys with whom I talked a bit. One of them kept bringing me drinks which made me feel dizzier and dizzier :’D When we later jumped into the cool water of the sea, I had quite a shock :’D

Later during dinner, I realized just how much I have drunk and my appetite was gone. I felt kind of sick and couldn’t think about eating anything, not even salad. After the animation show I went to my room, and slept right away. After our first whole day, I realized that I overdid everything a little bit with the food and the drinking and so on :’D

Saturday, 23rd of August. Marmaris:

Our second day at the beach/pier. Basically almost the same. This time I drank less, and no Vodka. I think the Vodka was a cheap one, and the heat also contributed to my feeling sick, because usually, I drink more than 4 Vodka-Drinks.

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Yepp that’s me in the sea :’D

Dinner was quite epic that night. There was this…

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After dinner, the nephew of the relative who organized that hotel for us took us to show us the city a little bit.

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Fish eating the crusts on your feet. I wish I had the money to do that too. I bet it is funny :’D

We arrived at the hotel at about 11 pm. That night, we wanted to go clubbing. The animation team organized a bus every night at 11.45 pm to the famous bars&clubs street in Marmaris which also picked everyone up at 3 am from the club we originally went to. Every day, they go to a different club. But we can also leave that club and go into other clubs. And if we want to return to the hotel at 3 am we are supposed to be at the first club. The busride there and back costed 20 Lira, including a free drink of choice at the club. So at 11:45 pm we met at the Lobby and later entered the bus. It was already almost filled. There was only one seat in the back. There were already 3 guys from England sitting there. They were quite funny, and I talked to them on the busride. I was lucky that the animateur was drunk and forgot to take money from me in the bus, because I sat with the english guys and they have already paid, so he automatically left me out as well :’D Later in the club we all danced together. And we all got a free shot and a free drink. I got sex on the beach, although I heard that the free drink voucher only included Longdrinks :’D Lucky me! Very soon, the others left the first club, and me and my sister also left after we finished our drinks. We asked the doorman if we could come to the club again later. We didn’t know that every club had a free entry. The owner of the club told us that he would give us a free drink if we came again :’D

So we strolled through the filled street, music pumping from left and right. We went into almost every club just to see and went out again. At the biggest club there we met the English guys again. They were dancing on the bar :’D So we joined them.

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That club is called Joy, and it is probably the most popular there

Funny thing: In turkey, they play electronic music almost in every club. There was only one Hip Hop club which was a small open-air club. And there was another open-air club which looked like a garden where they played mixed Turkish pop songs.

At about 2 am we went back to the first club again. And as promised, the owner gave us free Vodka Bull :’D I got drunk without paying for anything :’D Later, the barkeeper even gave us free shots. I don’t have a clue why he did that :’D

It was a fun night, but unfortunately, my sister got a bit tired towards the end, so I had to dance alone, and let strangers take selfies with me :’D

Sunday, 24th of August. Marmaris:

That day, I mostly relaxed and watched the watersports guys :’D In the evening, there was a python show, and at the end of the show, we were allowed to touch it and have a picture taken together with the python. And yes, I did it of course. I touched a python! *o*

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I am the girl in the middle obviously :’D

Monday, 25th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite funny. I met a turkish girl and her friend, both coming from Australia. At first, I didn’t know that she was turkish. After I jumped into the water, I felt something at my feet while I was still underwater, and when I came out again, I saw that a girl jumped right behind me and I was afraid that I accidently hit her, so I asked her if she was okay in english. She also answered in english, and then we kept on talking. Apparently, she was drunk, because she smelled of beer and she talked quite loudly :’D Then after we introduced each other, we found out that we both were turkish. Then we talked in the sea about Australia, Germany and Turkey. And what we were doing in normal life and in Turkey for vacation. Her name was Esma and her friend’s name was Songül. Esma’s guy cousins were also there with them, that’s why she drank so much she told me, because they stressed her out quite a lot :/ We told them to join us to go to the bar streets with us again, and they also wanted to, because it was their last day at the hotel. The next day, they would leave.

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A few hours before that, I went with our relative’s nephew to another watersports stand because he knew them and we could do anything for free. We decided to do the great mable, the sofa thing.

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On the way back to the hotel, I admired the environment

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In the evening, we unfortunately couldn’t find Esma and her friend. We nevertheless went to the club street. Funny thing: That night, my sister and me were the only girls in the bus.This time, we went to a beach club, and this time, I paid :’D It was quite good that night again. My sister danced more, because we went to the hip hop club afterwards. Two guys from the hotels came with us as well.

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Tuesday, 26th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite relaxing. I talked a lot to the female animateur who always did the Water Aerobics. I also talked with the DJ a lot. He was still so young, only 19 years old. They were all so nice and talkative. In the late afternoon, I drank some beer with my mum and we took some selfies together :’D

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In the evening, there was a strange animation show, but they introduced their new club dance :’D It had to do something with Tequila

Wednesday, 27th of August. Marmaris:

Our last full day at the hotel. I spent the days reading and talking with the guys we met at the club on Monday night. They were quite funny. Especially one of them, who seemed quite silent, suddenly became so hyper talkative in the evening after he drank too much :’D Even my mum laughed. Late in the night, we went to our room and fell asleep. Ocean air really tires out extremely.

Thursday, 28th of August, Marmaris:

That day, we packed our luggage and had to leave the room at 12. We wanted to leave at 1 pm to catch our bus back to Izmir which was at 2 pm. So we still had time to eat lunch at 12.

In the bus, I watched “The Words”, which was a hauntingly beautiful movie. A dedication to literature. So beautiful and sad. I will write a review about that soon :) We arrived at about 6 pm in Izmir. We were quite tired, and I didn’t feel like doing anything when we arrived home. I was already so used to doing nothing in that one week, that it felt strange coming home and having to cook for yourself suddenly :’D

Going to an all-inclusive hotel really did us good. It is neccessary to do this often enough in order to relax and get rid of the stress. And trust me, every penny is worth paying.

A few things I regret not having done are:

– I wanted to go Parasailing, but it was quite expensive, so we haven’t done that.

– Visiting Turtle Beach, where you can observe turtles and have a mud bath

– Going to the Swimming with Dolphins. But that was quite expensive as well.

Next time I will have to bring more money with me. Why does everything have to be so expensive?

What about you guys? Do you like all-inclusive hotels? Or do you dislike being bound to a hotel?