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... couldn't make it ashore but convinced Steve to go for a look as I didn't want him to miss out. Silly buggar, agreed but told me later he only went to get my fridge magnet ( I collect them wherever we go to). When he left I went to sleep flat out on the bed - the only place I could get comfortable and he was back in a couple of hours. Long story short went to the ships doctor who said I have sciatica (?) and has given me muscle relaxing tablets so am feeling much better.
... during Ramadam (a month of fasting ). But as it happens, being here during the most important month in the Islamic calendar will probably enhance our experience.
*The night illuminations of both the Hagia Sophia & the Blue Mosque are spectacularly beautiful. It is well worth the effort to see these buildings at night as well as during the day. Our evening walk to the Blue Mosque turns out to be a magical highlight – one of many we hope.
... Russians in the eastern sections of the country, many trying to maintain their own identity, speak in their own language, demanding school instruction in their language, all of this on top of religious sectarian differences, some powerful groups want to redirect the country from its current secular direction to a fundamentalist religion based country. These types of problems are not hard for us to understand as we see the similar problems ...
... I've always found his struggles for freedom (of religion, from ethnicity-based oppression, from imprisonment and from genocide) to be fascinating and inspiring. From everything I've heard, he was an incredibly stubborn, strong-willed person (a definite Sado trait), and that fighting spirit saved him on many occasions as he narrowly escaped the Armenian/Assyrian Genocide under the Ottoman Empire, was mistakenly held by the British as a prisoner of war while trying ...
... br> -turkou create local music via anonymous songs
-ashick newer folk music and write their own songs
-turkou sing classic songs and sometimes rehash them
-folk music contains real life events or folk lore
-95% of folk music has lyrics
-Turkish instruments: tambur, 7 string instrument, pear shaped, light and easy to have
-baklamalou, popular in modern Turkey, light and ...