Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
29Trip End Jan 2007
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We went to a small agricultural village about an hour and a half outside Ankara in Central Anatolia, although its name escapes me. When we arrived, all I saw was poverty, although this village is one of the wealthier villages in Turkey. We met with the "mayor" of the village, who did not speak a lick of English. Thank goodness for translators. This village had been there for hundreds of years, always dependent on agriculture. In a village with few over a hundred residence, there wasn't too big of a space to explore. I was shocked/horrified at some of the conditions I saw
It was a very conservative village where the men worked three months out of the year while the women actually did most of the work. The women are the ones feeding all the animals, cooking the meals, keeping up the house, taking care of the children, even working in the fields. The men harvest and gather for literally three months, no wonder this village is having a difficult time keeping the girls in the village. I have decided that if in my next life I am an anthropologist I will go live with these people and study their way of life. It is interesting the complete imbalance of gender roles/responsibilty and power. It is a very different way of life from what I am accustomed to, but it has seemed to work here for many many years.