We arrive at the airport mid-afternoon, and there's a initial panic when the monitors suggest our flight has been brought forward 50 minutes. The boarding passes are reassuring, but that just leads to the passport control queue of doom.

Being Jeddah, of course, the flight is late. I'm not sure why we expected anything else.

Our late take-off has knock-on effects on our 1½ hour transfer in Istanbul. It turns out that we need to enter the country in Istanbul before transferring to the flight to the smaller airport at Kayseri. The immigration queue is slow and worrying, but ultimately we manage to reach the gate in time, although in my case in my socks.

There's a process in place at Kayseri. It states that passengers who have transferred from an international flight are bussed from the arrival lounge to a different baggage claim, so they can go through customs here. The different baggage claim fails to spit out my companion's bag however, which leads to a world of strife and bugging of airport staff. They succeed in locating the bag (it got left behind in Istanbul), and offer a promise that it will appear at our hotel soon, and a compensatory t-shirt. Which is scant protection against the literally freezing temperature.

I'm not smug much at all about managing to pack everything I need into carry-on.

Eventually we make it to the hotel conveyance. It's an hour or two to the hotel in Göreme, where sleep happens.

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