Arrived at Ankara. New airport. Very pretty.

Man who checked my visa read it for a long time. I was very nervous he would say no. I got through.

Luggage got through alright. Did not have a matching set so I could not clip them together but I MacGyver’d something that worked.

People think Turkey is flat. It is not flat. Hills everywhere. Snow too. Very cold.

Used to be the ghettos. Mustafa, family friend, picked us up from his airport. Gave small tour through town center. Turkish drivers are scary. Will try to take video.

In Germany, everything was in German and English. In Turkey, everything is just in Turkish. So many people are fluent in multiple languages. On the plane, the stewardesses all spoke 3+ languages. This terrifies me. If the US wants to stay on the forefront as an influential nation, we really need to jump that bandwagon.

Had dinner. Was chided for not eating enough. Will serve myself next time. Saw Gokcer tonight and had many good discussions with him and Grammy. Was also chided for not serving tea. They are trying to make a proper Turkish girl out of me. We’ll see what happens. 😉


PS: By chided, I may or may not mean teased. I believe they tease me, but they may also be serious. I will get back to you on this.