My good friend, Michael, and I were hired by Matador Network to help promote the Northeastern side of Turkey. We spent a week living in the outdoors of Northeast Turkey. We saw many unmarked waterfalls, ate traditional Turkish food, and drank pretty much 30+ cups of tea a day while we were there. Both of us had never been to Turkey before, so this trip--even though we were "working"--was definitely a treat.
This trip consists of 5 a.m. get ups and late nights of editing photos. It rained the whole time we were there. We explored the mountain region of Ayder and all the way east to approximately 10km away from the Georgian border. We also saw the Zil Kale--a medieval castle from the Ottoman Empire in the middle of the forest. After long drives through the mountains of Northeast Turkey, we were flown into the city of Istanbul to enjoy more of the Turkish culture for about three days, before flying back to the U.S.
Turkey is definitely one of a kind. It's a completely different world in the best possible way.