At home in Adana

Trip Start May 17, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Well, I have to say that I'm not that crazy about Adana. I guess I came at the wrong season because it is so hot here that you can't go out during the day. So there is a lot of sitting around waiting till it cools off before going out. But they do have beautiful sunsets. There are lots of fountains in Adana. I think there is one at every roundabout.

Because of the heat here, everyone leaves Adana and goes to go to their summer homes elsewhere. So by the end of next week, there will hardly be any people left in Adana. The heat, oh my, I wasn't planning on heat like this. Or the humidity. But after you've been here for a while, you start to get used to it.

In 1999, there was an earthquake in Adana and the damage really shows in Old Adana. There is lots of construction and repairs always going on. All the buildings here are cement, so they also take a long time to build or repair.

I had the famous Adana Kebap here. It was really good. They even have it as a registered trademark now. But I don't like any of the local drinks here. There is one called Ayran, which is plain yogurt mixed with water and salted. The other is a turnip drink called salgam, which is also salted. I'm not one for salted drinks so I don't really like these.

The one think I like about Turkey is that everyone here is a salesman. There are so many shops and stands on the road, you never know which one to go to. There is so much stuff to buy here, more than I could ever get back home. And it's all cheaper than the asking price. You can pretty much buy whatever you need from someone with a table on the street. And everything is up for bargaining. You can always (well depending on how good you are at it) talk them down to a cheaper price. They all just want to sell their stuff.

The other thing I notice about Turkey is that even there is a lot of people and a lot of traffic, no one here is in a hurry. They are not rushing down the street. Everyone is just strolling a long.

There are not a lot of sites to see in Adana, but I have seen some. We went to the Archaeology Museum, which I really enjoyed. They have quite a good collection of items from Byzantium times, the Iron and Bronze ages, and lots of local items. It was really nice to see it all. I took a lot of photos there.

The other place we saw was Ataturk's town home here in Adana. It was a beautiful home. They have turned it into a museum now and you can just go walk through it all. It was very nice.

I also saw they Centennital Park which is right by the lake here and is big and beautiful. There is a train that goes through that park that you can ride. There is also a stage that plays are performed on. I also saw the old Stone Bridge that is close to the park. It is from Roman times and I couldn't go one it because it is closed for repairs.

We are only in Adana for another week before we head to Antalya.
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