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... was kind of funny because I realized it was actually the second time I had seen a bride with her wedding party today (there was a rather excited one whooping and hollering out of her car's sunroof, followed by a trail of ceremoniously honking cars, that had passed by me earlier this morning).
I (and my very tired legs) are glad to be in for the evening, and I'll try to keep the blog updated whenever I embark on something a little more exciting than book-hunting.
Today I went with friends to a flea market which I heard about from one of my travel guides. I had no idea what to expect but when doing some research for me Zeki discovered that someone had previously bought some old stamps from this market for 1 lira which turned out to be worth 500,000 euros!
I set my alarm quite early as the market finishes at 1, we wanted to see all of the good stuff (if there was any). However I didn't need my alarm as a huge siren woke me up, ...
... and bags into the mausoleum - go figure!! The mausoleum was in a huge area with several buildings and the tomb of Ataturk was housed in a large greek type theatre which was all made of marble with gold accents on the ceiling. The whole complex is managed by the combination of all the armed forces and we arrived in time to see the changing of the guard. There are guards everywhere that stand outside next to little gold rimmed huts. They ...
Things are quiet this morning except for the dove cooing on the window ledge. No muezzin, no mosque in this wealthy area. Off to the archeological museum to see evidence of early civilizations. Although part if the museum is closed, the small museum has information in the Hittites including reliefs,j jewelry, artifacts. Ankara seem just anther ...
... we had to get to our train, we paddle boated around the lake for a while, singing Edelweiss from the Sound of Music. It was comical and beautiful. We made our train (unlike on Wednesday) and got back to the hostel, hung out at the bar, and walked through the city to a fountain and sat on the steps of the Opera house and hung out. Friday we walked around the city, and toured churches like Theaterinkirche ...