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Konya is a huge city, and it takes a long time to get from the otogar by taxi (even if your driver is honest--we ran into both kinds in Konya). A very inexpensive green trolley can take you from your bus to downtown, but it's slow and crowded. A good choice for backpackers with plenty of time; but we took a taxi.

We chose the luxurious Hotel Bera since we were going to spend only one night. Here's the view out our hotel window at dusk.

Although it is distant from the city center and the sights tourists want to see, it is very comfortable and has an excellent staff fluent in a number of languages. They were extremely helpful, except with the matter of finding out where to cash traveler's checks. They tried, but didn't know that only the main branches of the biggest banks downtown would cash them. The buffet offered in restaurant was lavish but mediocre in quality compared to the food we encountered elsewhere, seemingly aimed at the appetites of the German tourists who seemed to make up most of the guests.

Konya is a conservative city and not very friendly to tourists (whenever possible, get the hotel staff to summon a cab for you). Most women cover their hair here, unlike in the areas we visited earlier, and many also veiled their faces. We were stared at as oddities on the street and many of the people we dealt with were as grouchy as a New York City cabdriver.