On my 2nd trip to Ephesus, one of the most famous ruins in the world and probably the biggest tour attraction in Turkey, I find myself frustrated yet again. I just see a bunch of columns and rocks scattered around. There is an arch or two still standing, an impressive outline of a building, and if I squint I can see a column-lined road. I try to imagine merchants, villagers, and slaves around this area going about their daily business, but all I see are tourists. Thousands of tourists who literally just got off the boat…the cruise ship.

Instead of focusing on our tour guide, Yenner, telling us about the life of ancient residents and slaves – I find myself completely distracted by the tourists. They come in large waves dutifully following a man with a numbered paddle and they all wear stickers on their shirts with a matching number as if they are sheep with the marking of their Sheppard. I look at us and Yenner and realize in a way I’m doing the same thing.

Ruins – they just aren’t my thing. But photographing them…well that’s another story…

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