Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center Ankara
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... the exit stamp (so no-one had tried to avoid them). That was the Iranian bit done. And the train travelled a few miles to the Turkish border where we all had to get out and stand in a long line to hand our passports in, and then stand outside (not allowed back on the train) while everyone else had their passports checked and while they went through all the stuff in the baggage wagon. By the time this all finished it was late, and dark. But the evenings fun had just ...
... 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 ...
... enjoying a beer by the small stream that runs through campus while reading. It's a pretty common thing to do among the students. We also made a friend with someone from Syria, his name is Kanjo. We've been hanging out with him this week and even played tennis with him yesterday. I had no idea the magnitude of the awful violations of humanity going in Syria until I met and talked with him. My thoughts will be with him and his people ...
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 ...