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Göreme Open Air Museum (Cappadocia Photo Dump #3)

First, a couple pictures I snapped on my way out of Göreme on my way to the museum…

The Old Cappadocia Pancake House gave me a little chuckle. I guess you can kinda call Gozleme’s “pancakes” but that really stretches it. On the menu list you can see the second option is “chese” a little later down they have another choice “beef and chesee”. On the scrolling neon sign they spell the word, “chesse”. Keep trying different spellings. Sooner or later they will get one right. 🙂

The skyline in this next photo is Sunset point (to the left of the flag) and path (extending off to the right) where many of the photos for Cappadocia photo dump #2 were snapped. There are three tiny dots on the right of the skyline that are actually three people sitting and enjoying the view. It is about where they are where I snapped the selfie that is currently my facebook profile picture.

And now on the road to El Nazar Church…

Inside:

This next one would have been the home of the priest or monk responsible for the church. It is actually larger than most homes I have seen and might even have been a meeting place. One thing that I am constantly reminded of here is how everyone’s homes were so much smaller than what we think we need today. Even those living with what we now call “tiny homes” would be extravagant by comparison.

Now on to the Open Air Museum…

I’m only allowed to take pictures inside when nobody’s looking to tell me no.  (Interpret that how you want) So know that any pictures like the next couple from here on out were snapped covertly. 😉

Most of the dozens of churches here are very small and are places for prayer (and burial) rather than meeting places like we consider church today. I do have a little evidence that the larger one halfway through the trip was the exception. The table for forty is served…

Now back outside:

When I returned to Goreme, I noticed a place that whares the name of one of my favorite restaurants in Gaziantep. While it was good, clearly not all Istasyon’s are created equal. Good bye till next time.

 

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Walking in Göreme (Cappadocia Photo Dump #2)

I am going to just throw these photos up here. There’s a bunch of them on my phone and if I remember something about it then I will add some commentary, otherwise just sit back and enjoy the view…

One thing that surprised me was how integrated the old and the new were. I expected to see a relatively modern city and then, off a short way, all the old stuff. Instead you would see thousand year old cave homes with air conditioning, satellite dishes, and solar panels popping out at random intervals.

I was on a narrow road as I took the picture above. At the base of this road there is a big sign demanding: “No vehicles beyond this point.” This sign is in Turkish and English and you can’t miss it. At the top of this road there is a taxi station with three taxi drivers waiting for calls. The worst part about it is how this doesn’t surprise me in the least. Welcome to Turkey.

The next bunch of pictures are all taken from the top of a ridge called Sunset Point (the restaurant and lookout) and Sunset Path (the trail leading away from it).

With a name like “Sunset Point” I have this sneaking suspicion that it might be a great place to take in a sunset. Unfortunately, with all the walking I have been doing I have been much too tired to head back this way that late in the day. Perhaps in one of my remaining evenings… perhaps.

Speaking of exhausted, it is after 10PM now. So I will leave you with one sunset picture from the taken from the rope bridge in Avanos (the town north of Cappadocia). Goodnight.

Turkish Night (Cappadocia Photo Dump #1)

It was getting close to dinner time and my hotel manager told me that tonight was Turkish Night. “What is Turkish Night?” You might ask. OK, maybe you wouldn’t, but I did. He got excited and started explaining quickly and I had to have him slow down and remember to use simple Turkish. (I’m still too much of an amateur and after a couple months in the States I am out of practice.) So he explained, Turkish sing, Turkish dance, Turkish music. Very good.

Actually, it sounded a bit touristy. I was right but even still, I am here in Cappadocia to do the tourist thing so… why not? Off I went to:

Sorry, I didn’t think to adjust my camera to night time exposure. Anyways, I went into this restaurant which, like nearly everything in Cappadocia, is actually a cave. There was this large open area with five or six atrium branching off from it each holding eight large tables. I was sat at one of these and even before anyone came to take my order something like this was put before me:

On these plates we have a chickpea salad, two yogurt type dips, bread, watermelon, cheese (all gone), çiğ köfte (mostly gone), humus, mixed nuts, and water (just to the left off the screen). They also had a bottle of white and red wine but I had them taken before I even set to. Before the main course they also brought out a börek plate as well (with four: cheese, mashed taters, olive, and cheese&spinach). Honestly, I could have enjoyed this alone as my meal. The main course was a let down. But long before that came out, the entertainment started…

Again, I apologize about the incredibly poor quality of these pictures. These three (actually four, one off screen) male whirling dervishes are not true Mevlevi (or even Sufi, I would guess). They will all appear in many of the other dancing acts that follow. The female does not reappear when the normal group of nine (five men, four ladies) do their acts.

After these two, the night rotated between a band (kettle drum, djimbe, clarinet, accordion, and cymbals) and the dancing with various traditional costumes…

Near the end there were a couple acts where they drew on audience participation. These were some fun acts except I was never chosen. Oh well. Considering the number of people there, the odds were against me. In all, except for the dry chicken in this final picture, and of course my overpriced bill (I’m always too cheap),  it was a great night.

Versatile Blogger Award

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Although I seem to get one of these every couple months, most of the time I smile for the ego boost it is and then continue on my way. Bit since I haven’t filled one out in a good year or more, and since I haven’t written anything else on here for a small bit, and since I am on a holiday from some of my work I figured why not?

So first of all I want to send a big shout out to Shakeane for nominating me on The River Walk. She does a great poetry blog you should all go check out at Untamed.

OK. So the rules of this are:

  1. You have to thank the person who nominated you for this award and provide a link to their blog.Done.
  2. Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.That’s a bit much. How about ten? Since I was one of ten, I figure this is a fair compromise.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.OK. Here goes…1) I am an American but have spent most of the past two years in Turkey and have no intentions of ever living back in the States. I am where God has called me to be and loving it.2) I am an avid (and fast) reader. I set a goal of 100 books a year and usually come quite close to hitting it. (99 in ’16) Two supplemental goals this year is to again have a majority of those be non-fiction and to do a much better job reviewing what I read over at Goodreads.3) I am the second of eight kids. My six younger siblings are adopted. Seven of us are are still living and we are all in our twenties or thirties. (Or forties, Krista.) Yet none of us are married and my poor mom doesn’t have a single living grandchild.4) I am probably the biggest Star Wars fan you know who hasn’t seen Rogue One. I desperately want to but my budget at the moment cannot afford a trip to the movies and I don’t want to watch a third rate pirated version.5) Practically every day I am interacting with people from at least three different distinct languages and cultures. None of those are English.6) I listen to podcasts on my commutes. On Monday, its Chris Hodges from Highlands. On Tuesday, Steven Furtick from Elevation. Wednesday is Erwin McManus from Mosaic. On Thursday I am still listening to New Spring even though Perry Noble is no longer there. On Friday I listen to Herbert Cooper from People’s Church.  On the weekends I switch to History with either Dan Carlin’s Hard Core History or Mike Duncan’s Revolutions Podcast7) I have lost nearly ten kilo since moving to Turkey. When I look at pictures or video from my days in America my first thought is, “Man, I was a chunker.”OK. So here are my nominations:

    1. The crew over at Inscribed who just finished up doing a series in 1 John…
    https://gospellandblog.wordpress.com/

    2. Lisa from Experiencing God…
    https://iwillnotstaysilent.wordpress.com/

    3. Grace from Life From Grace…
    https://lifefromgrace.wordpress.com/

    4. Faye from the Philippines over at Captivated Child…
    https://captivatedchild.wordpress.com/

    5. Look at the world a little differently with Stuti Raizada at…
    https://iotatimesinfinity.wordpress.com/

    6. Josh Palande has some great photography at…
    http://www.theshadesofhappiness.com/

    7. She has disappeared lately but hopefully a little love for Bianca will get her writing again. As an American living overseas, it was fun to read of someone else’s international adventures in America.
    http://thebuzzingadventuresofbee.wordpress.com

    8. Give and D will be given is student in Australia from Hong Kong writing about Democracy. Sound interesting? Check it..
    https://giveanddwillbegiven.wordpress.com/

    9. Check out Sylvia Miranda at
    https://mirandavoice.com/

    10. Last but certainly not least is Kristi Ann. Though we might not agree 100%, no one can doubt she is both passionate and prolific in her posting.
    https://kristiann1.com/

    There are plenty of others who I could have chosen. I love reading a lot of what you all write. But I tried my best to have a diverse group in styles, locations, and themes. I also did my best to nominate people I haven’t nominated the one or two other times I have done one of these. So of course that means the first 5-6 bloggers that came to mind I said no. If you weren’t nominated this time around I promise you were one of those.

    God bless. I love you all.
    BJ