Perspective on Ephesus, Ankara & Kapadokya

Turkey

Now it’s been a little while. The adventure in Turkey is six weeks old and we finally got to do the tourism. I have travelled to Ephesus, Ankara’s sights, Cappadocia, and it’s underground city. There is no time or way I can explain the feelings and experiences that we went through. I have taken some of my photos and put theme here but in no way will this fully communicate our adventure. Not shown here are a trip to Cheshme with my host family and a stay at a beach house with the Swiss part of the family. Swimming in the ocean and making avalik tost with them was wonderful. The photos from many places are on other cameras, but it is worth posting a summary now. I’ll be sure to add another photo post as well, videos are also being edited. Work and homework continues to be vast here although we missed a week of school.

There is a new Ambassador in Ankara who arrived days after we left, but in meetings and conversations with the various personnel I can’t help but feel like these are people to aspire to be more like. This program seems to have future nurses, archeologists, and business people. In reality it’s mostly future foreign service workers. Ankara itself is a circus, with the largest police and military presence i’ve seen in a city. It is more beautiful than expected anyway. The massive history of the great civilizations of the Anatolian Peninsula allow Turkey an unimaginable cultural wealth. It demonstrates the endlessly strategic position and importance of the country and the Bosphorous.

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Ishmet Ionu, 2nd President of Turkey’s grave.DSC08847

Ataturk’s Mausoleum DSC08853 DSC08857 IMG_0539 IMG_0540

Hittite and Pagan Artifacts from central AnatoliaIMG_0546 IMG_0547 IMG_0549

Malaysia’s NATO attache visits with us.
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the architecturally stunning U.S. Embassy (last Bombed Feb 16 2013)
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A Salt LakeDSC08888 IMG_0247 DSC08908

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smiling with the eyes is hard
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Incredible restaurant i have video.
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Hittite style vazoler

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Orthodox Christian cave art from the 3rd century. DSC08988_2 DCIM100GOPRO DSC09004