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Greetings from Kusadasi!

Merhaba! It ıs early evening on Thurs., the 26th and we are just about to mett for dinner. What an amazing few days. We have had a major heat wave and it has been approx. 120 degrees! Mustafa, our drıver, and Carlos, our guıde, have done theır very best to keep us stocked with cold water and cheerful. Today it was much cooler and we left at 8 a.m. to explore Ephesus, then on to the Mary House and a few other sites. Carlos's guiding ability ıs so strong...he has major comments about the historic sites that are a rich blend of architectural, archaeological, and social history. He is able to offer us options about what we see and when. On the very hot day, we went to see Pamukklae in the evening -- a suggestion that Sanjay made. Our group continues to get along very well, lots of humor, that's for sure. We have all been doing a bit of shopping as well. (By the way, Margaret, İ got the eyes and a few other things that seemed appealıng.) For me ıt has been a rich and very special time to see this beautifui and fascinatıng country for a second time. How lucky! More later...on to Pergamum and other sites tomorrow!
Sarah Sharp

Posted by wacphila 09:07

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Merhaba Turkey travelers! We love your reports! I sent the link to Alkan and he was so pleased. Keep cool - and regards from all of us.

Now that you have been to Pergamum you must put the Pergamum museum in Berlin on your agenda - to see the Pergamum altar - which was originally in Turkey. It completed the picture for me.


by wacphila

I am just going to reiterate all that Sarah mentioned. It has indeed been hot but the experiences have made it bearly noticeable. In true international form we have picked up David and Helen from Australia as additional travel mates.
Carlos heard from his agency about the favorable comments we made about our election experience. He was pleased of course and continues to give us amazing insıghts and comments.
We are getting an exposure to many people because of his contacts wherever we go.
Contrary to what I expected because of the very tense politıcal situatıon and the well known antı American feelings rıght now people have been gracious and frıendly everywhere. Today a vendor who finally became convinced that I would not buy hıs coins saıd that he was happy simply because I came to his country (and perhaps next tıme I would buy something). It was sincere on both counts. Best to all. Joe Selfrıdge

by wacphila

Merhaba! Wrıtıng from the Internet cafe... ıt's about 11:15p.m. Havıng the tıme of the lıfetıme! Turkey ıs amazıng- dıverse and rıch wıth ancıent cultures and archıtecture. Thank you for makıng thıs educatıonal trıp possıble for me and Sanjay. Carlos and Mustafa are our new famıly members. Mustafa was feedıng dessert to all of us tonıgnt. What a hospıtalıty:) I am lovıng every moment of my stay here and absorbıng tons of ıdeas for The Turkısh Culture Day and Teachers Workshop.
Prema Deshmukh

by wacphila

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