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today is a perfect example of why I should not go on group tour. We arrived in the capital late afternoon and went to the Mosoleum of Ataturk (first Turkish leader from 1920 something)I was done in 20 minutes but we spent 2 hours there :( then we went to the museum where I was again done in 20 and the group was 2 hours more... meanwhile I sat in …
Today we all went to Atatürk's Mausoleum as on fridays we go on a trip instead of lessons. I'd seen pictures of it before but I didn't realise how big it was. It was also guarded by lots of armed soldiers, and when we arrived we were just in time to see their version of the changing of the guards. It made me laugh when the soldiers were shouting their orders because they didn't really have the voices for it and their voices were breaking ...
... br> Where I disagree with Mustafa Kemal is with what he did to the Turkish, Arabic based script and what he did in trying to change Islamic rituals. I felt those changes were unnecessary and disconnected Turkish people with some of their religious and cultural history. Those changes are being reversed slowly in Turkey with a new generation learning the Arabic script, in religious schools, in order to read the Quran. Overall though, had it not been for Mustafa ...
... the political world was not for him. Not good for the Turkish government, but tourists gain from this exceptional man who knows its history well, and knows how to keep his brood entertained and safe. Even the 37 in our group were always punctual, and we all got along!~
I hope you enjoyed this journey with me.
... he actually got carried away play-acting a lion and bit me for real! Oh well, I suppose I'll survive. After all the hectic running around in Australia and New Zealand, I am finding it quite different not to be rushing from one place to another, actually. Have to conserve energy ;)
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