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Turkish trains may be better than Iranian - but they don't go so fast. Perhaps it is because the track runs through difficult terrain? But it certainly trundled along at what seemed little more than 30mph and even though I didn't have an accurate timetable it was obvious from the gaps between stops that we were falling further and further behind schedule. The time lost at the borders had been made up at the lake which was scheduled to have a long delay ...
... behind me.
It's a 2+2 seating arrangement rather than the 2+1 on the original bus I'd been booked on to and there's not much leg room but it's more comfortable than the Honningsvag-Rovaniemi bus! Attendant dishes out free cups of water and biscuits and I have to juggle that fine line between keeping hydrated and not wanting the loo every 30mins as we're on a non-stop bus for 2.5hrs!
The Alpine mountain scenery gives way to arid rolling plain with fields of gold ...
... to the house, had some tea and the kids went to bed. I'm perfectly happy to say that I had a perfect day of slowly settling into the lifestyle, the kids are getting to know me, and its great that I have a couple of days to find my feet before the responsibilities kick in.
Off to 365 tomorrow, a big shopping mall, where I will be purchasing copious amounts of after sun. Whoops.
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... and the separation of church and state has not lost his aura in a modern Turkey as it moves toward a Muslem state. The mausoleum is quite impressive, built on a hill top with a view of the city below. It includes a museum with displays of Ataturk's life, WWI, and the War of Independence. There are quite a few student groups here for a visit that add a lively touch to what otherwise would be a very solemn event. Not at all comparable to the visit we made in Viet Nam ...
Sorry no pictures this time folks, my camera is not within reach and I'm not going to get it. They'll be on FB later.
The wild dogs have become more of an issue. We walk to class in the morning (which takes about 40 minutes since our guest hotel is a world away from EVERYTHING) and can walk back as long as we're in a group and it's not later than 4 or so. Otherwise, we're barked at by wild dogs as we try walk up the 1/2 mile long driveway to ...