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And then some other stuff happened

Posted in Turkey by Dave on February 22, 2015

AND THEN, after a summer-like break in the weather (sunny, in the 60s), the snow returned with a vengeance. Here are the local hounds braving the weather.IMG_3647 (Large)

AND THEN last week a documentary film crew from the Exploratorium came, to make a short film about the project. Of course it was great to have visitors from home.

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As Billy said one night after we all rode back from dinner in the van, “I haven’t heard so much English spoken in a long time…it’s doing something strange to my brain.”

AND THEN this weekend Schuyler and I went to Istanbul for a little shopping, and to explore Kadıköy, on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus. I have one Turkish Facebook friend, an artist and a fellow member of the Automata/Automaton group, Eda Taşlı, who lives there and she graciously hosted us for the afternoon, showing us around her neighborhood there and taking us to her sculpture studio to see her fantastical work.

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AND THEN we (and I’m including Tiny Dave in that “we”) ended up staying the night at a nice hostel in Kadıköy

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The view from the window of our room:IMG_3725 (Large)

AND THEN the following morning we had a nice wander around the neighborhood, ending up (again) at Ciya Sofrası, a most wonderful restaurant. Here are a bunch of images from our mini-adventure, in no particular order:

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I call this one “Interesting Wall with Cat”IMG_3726 (Large) IMG_3732 (Large) IMG_3737 (Large)

Bariş Manço is a famous Turkish musician, his house is a museum in the neighborhood. Schuyler is a fan.

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This very nice flute maker took us into his workshop for some Turkish coffee and a nice talk about, oh, many things…IMG_3741 (Large) .

Tiny Dave made a new friend, a frog, while the rest of us had coffee at the seaside and watched the sunset.IMG_3719 (Large) IMG_3722 (Large) IMG_3743 (Large)

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Finally, and apropos of nothing whatsoever, we found this thing in the workshop, and, well, of course we had to use it.IMG_3665 (Large)


A Sunday out, a Sunday in

Posted in Turkey by Dave on February 8, 2015

Last Sunday we hopped in the van and took a drive with some of the people from the museum up to the Black Sea, to get out and about and see something different. Tiny Dave came along too.

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Merve organized the outing, and took us to some really beautiful volcanic rock formations that we could clamber around on.IMG_3583 (Large)

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There was an abandoned fish farm there, and the rock had also been quarried in places.

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Here’s the gang: Merve on the left in red (Kua is hidden behind her), then Schuyler, Fahti, Billy, Alihan, and Alihan’s sister Sevde.

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On the way back we toured an organic farm/education center/corporate retreat up in the hills, run by a very friendly couple who graciously showed us all around, treated us to turkish coffee and housemade liqueurs, and generally made us feel very welcome.

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Today (another Sunday) the museum crowd came to our house and made us a fantastic Turkish breakfast, the full spread: egg with vegetables, eggs with sucuk (sausage), pastries, tomatoes and cucumbers, and more!

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The pile of shoes outside the door is a sure sign there’s a party going onIMG_3629 (Large)\

Speaking of shoes, Billy has some truly excellent lion slippers.IMG_3627 (Large)

Although I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, this is the first time that the house samovar was put fully to use (though we use the top half often). In fact, we didn’t even have any “normal” black Turkish çay in the house, nor did we have any sugar. Horrors! A quick trip to the market solved that problem.
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Afterward we all settled in for a lazy afternoon movie, with lots more çay and a pile of sunflower seeds.

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A fun, delicious, and relaxing day. Teşekkür ederiz!