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... a shame.
From here almost the whole group ate at a local restaurant. I was the first one to arrive and they spoke no English, while I of course spoke no Turkish, they offered to try and converse in German, but I laughed and said 'Nein Duetch" which produced a few giggles from them. It';s about the first place we've been where there was no English. This is a much more conservative town.
Dinner was pide, a Turkish flat bear pizza type thing. Nice enough.
... surprised by the litter all over the place. Sad. We arrive at a hotel for a night's stop just to the north of Konya. Again we find ourselves in the middle of another booming area full of new buildings and two new universities. We were going to go out and visit the ancient town of Lystra (Konya = the ancient Iconium which Paul visited on two of his journeys) but we decide that r&r in the nice spa-pool and fitness area is a better plan under the ...
... known enough for the Iconium church to endorse his character and integrity.
Also, Paul mentions the series of abuse and persecution that he and Barnabas endured at Antioch of Pisidia and Iconium, and eventually in Lystra. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra – but the Lord rescued me from all of it” ...
... the area – if you see a hill as you drive in this area, you can almost bet that its grassy top hides the ancient remains of a village or town. But Boncuklu is pretty unique in that it could be one of the oldest such villages on the Anatolian plateau! The round houses that we’re excavating were homes over 10,500 years ago!!! The people who lived here were on the edge of amazing social, economic and domestic changes. They resided in clusters ...
... of spiritual authority. The sarcophagi are all housed in a gorgeous domed room filled with calligraphy, Mamluk crystal lamps and other ornate decorations. The museum understandably does not allow photography inside the mausoleum, but the beauty and mysticism of the room is seared in my memory.
Outside the mausoleum, the dervishes' former cells (small rooms where they lived) now display ethnographical exhibits about dervish life, culture, history and ...