Now I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but for sakes of repeating once more – there is a festival going on in Ankara right now. There are stages set up all over the city and while I caught part of a show the other night ago I happened to stumble across the same acts today when walking home from a cafe where I was doing a bit of thesis research. This time I was able to get a few pictures of the traditional Turkish dancers – woooot. And afterwards I wondered into the grocery store right there to see what they had in their cooking/baking area come fall time so I know what to bring back with me. While in the store I heard a familiar sound that immediately had me picturing shirtless men. Now before you get ahead of yourselves, I just want to say that the music was indeed the background music to the two Turkish men who did an acrobats/strength show just 2 nights prior. Sooooo – it’s not always that I imagine shirtless men in grocery stores – just when prompted by background music in which shirtless men perform.
Lining up before they danced
Interesting person statues off to the side – there were like 8 of them!
Otherwise my day was nonchalant – got up and ran around 6:30 – it was 57 when I left and an hour or so later it was 65 ish. At first it was just me and a whole bunch of walkers on the track in the park – but then more runners started to show – I felt pretty great though because I was passing everyone and no one was passing me (: Great way to start my day – forgot how much I like early morning running. By this afternoon I had forgotten I’d gone running.
Today was much cooler than yesterday but still good into the 90s. Class went well – actually was not chosen during chat time to explain more of my life – others were put under the firing squad (aka the teacher). She is great though.
Afterwards went back to the French Cafe – Aylak Madam – that friends and I went to the other day ago. Thought it would be good for research and it was! My research will probably be a lot more effective here for now since most places don’t have wi-fi so I save all my documents on my comp. before going and then can read the whole time – not get distracted with surfing the net. Accompanied my research with a delicious salad – perfect for the heat. Most of the cafe’s don’t have air conditioning so didn’t want to eat anything hot.
The top of the cafe looking out from my table – super bright out there
I decided to walk back from the cafe to my home and glad I did – it led me to run into the festival acts…again. Not to mention I treated myself to an ice cream during my 5km walk – I felt it was well earned (;
Evening plans are a going away dinner for a gal from my university who has been here the past year teaching English – while I am sad to see her go shortly after my arrival I am glad that I have gotten the chance to hang out with her a few times
PS sorry for photo quality – taken with my iphone ):
Cheers from abroad and hope everyone has a great start to their weekend