Day 5 (early evening)Temperature: 8 degreesWeather: grey sky, cooler breeze
Coincidently, a few other people from the group left the Hilton Hotel at the same time as us to go to the huge Shopping Mall close by. "Other shopping fanatics just like you" Michel told me laughingly. Now, now….what was he afraid of……!
It was pleasant just to be walking for a change even though the distance turned out to be a mere two blocks and a half away from our hotel. The sky was turning grey but at least the wind wasn't that cold.
Camera on hand, pictures were snapped every few steps of the way....well, almost! We were in the business section of Ankara and it was pretty much obvious with the busy streets, hotels, restaurants, multitude of cars and numerous people just walking around. The atmosphere was quite pleasant and it made me feel just like back home; my home away from home kind of thing. Was it because I was going shopping or…..was it because of the few spots of snow on the ground? I think it was the other way around! :-)
The Shopping Mall didn’t disappoint me at all. It was humongous with its several floors of beautiful boutiques and cafes plus its amazing rectangular dome way, way above us which served as a roof to the mall. Through it, we could that dusk approached; it was much darker plus the lights on the dome were all switched on which added drama to the entire place.
Well…you’ll be happy to hear that since I didn’t find anything special, no purchases were made…..making Michel once again a very happy person! I could also see that with a smirk on his face, he was making plans for a much bigger lunch tomorrow at noon!
Stepping outside the Mall, well….I was blown away with all the lights around me. The surrounding tall buildings were all illuminated with various light colors. Plus to make matters even more amazing, guess what…….there was a full moon way above in the sky!
I was ecstatic! Talk about luck and coincidence as at that exact moment just by staring at the brilliant round moon reminded me of my “full moon experience” of just one month earlier when I was in Iguacu Falls, Brazil! Wow….what a wonderful time I had then walking at night in the dense Iguacu National Park’s forest where panthers roamed, where the hooting and howling of the owls were heard, where the thundering falls of the Iguacu Falls echoed all around me, where I sweated heavily under the jacket and long pants worn and smelled like a skunk (according to Michel) from all the bug spray applied for not wanting to be bitten by any nasty little mosquitos under this 25 degrees Celsius weather. Boy….what an amazing time I had then!
It’s amazing what a full moon can do to you. And to think that I was now on another continent…..that I was now in Turkey of all places to be and that once again, the moon was full! Call it another “FULL MOON EXPERIENCE”! Never a dull moment!Monique :-)