Blazing Trails

I was invited to go on a run today with another gal and was told it was a nice place so there was no way I was gonna turn down the chance to be introduced to another place to run in this great city where those places are few and far between. Getting to the run spot required a 10-15 min metro ride, but once we were out there and running it was all worth it. Now while I would love to run all my runs out there because I felt like I was out in the middle of nowhere and not in the city, for time that won’t be possible. Definitely will be a great place for weekend runs though (:

We ran for about an hour (split it up with going to see some horses about half way through and to drink water). It was super hot out there so we wanted to stay hydrated. The horses were a great little break.

He really wanted a close up (:

Running partner with the horses

Now an hour run isn’t bad but when it is in Ankara heat and up Ankara hills it starts feeling a little different from my cooler and flatter runs back home. I may be a tad tight and in need of a good stretch to say the least.

The afternoon was spent doing a bit of thesis work and Turkish homework. I also have been on the hunt for Flax – I found many gluten free items but no flax of yet – come on Turkey you are the hub of seeds and nuts and all things delicious – thinking I may have to find a bigger store…

siz = without so glutensiz is without gluten (: un is flour

I may just have to try these cookies some time saying that they cost less than a dollar

Got some good Sunday Skypes in with people back home (Happy Father’s Day Skype with the FPU (Father Parental Unit) and the family since I booked my ticket home to my friend’s wedding in about a month, three friends who were chilling out on a relaxing Sunday in Chicago and naturally the boy) and before I knew it the night was coming to a close.

I did have a funny conversation with my host mom because she while she was making “Diet Soup” for dinner tomorrow I was prepping overnight oats for breakfast – she was super intrigued – especially by chia seeds – and I didn’t know the word for thicken so I went to grab the dictionary and before I knew it she was trying the chia seeds and was like hmm yes good. haha such a great woman. She just makes you feel good about yourself – every morning she says bye my dear/life (in Turkish of course) and it makes me feel like I am in elementary school again (in a good way though). When she came home I was making the salad for dinner and she was super excited. I was informed by my running partner (who stayed at this homestay) that she would make banana bread and they absolutely loved her for it – so that is something I am thinking of making this week – who can resist banana bread – it is just sooo great (:

Cheers to all the dad’s near and far – enjoy your day



Chilling in the City

Apologies for writing a day late. You will get two posts from me today!

Friday night I went to a friend’s going away dinner – so much food and yet so delicious – thought I was going to have to be rolled away. The restaurant was set up where you get all the different meze (salads, salsas, breads, etc) and then you pay for your main meal and whatever you drink. You even get dessert! Way easy to eat a ton of food and for a decent price. We then went and checked out a chill bar “Golden” good time but it was super hot out and not much of a breeze didn’t help. It was an outdoor courtyard bar though. Headed home around midnight catching the last metro.

Saturday – chilled most of the day with Audrey. In the morning I watched “This Means War” with Turkish subtitles. You can find most shows and movies online here for free – they don’t have the same laws as we do in the US. It’s great because Turkish TV is too fast for me right now, but being able to hear it in English and see it in Turkish is helping me pick up on more vocabulary and notice grammar.

Afterwards went into the city center, we walked around, checked out a few shops and then met with a man she know’s from her previous times in Ankara who runs an English speaking school. I will be teaching a few hours (not really sure how many yet) of English – helps with a little bit of extra pocket money. Afterwards it was chill time at a cafe, dinner and then we headed to her homestay.

One of the best quotes of the day was when we were walking to her homestay and talking about the driving here and Audrey nonchalantly states “I’ve never been hit hard by a car here” haha too funny.

Watched the news in English – realizing I had not checked if my host family gets CNN – just checked and they do (:

We met up with others out at a bar and then headed to a second bar followed by a third where we lasted about a 20min/half hour – a dance bar but they had a live band when we first got there which was cool and they played all American music, minus one song that once I heard I was like I know this – but how???? and I realized I had listened to it in Turkish class in the US since it showed a good grammar point.

A good night – out late, but worth it. Officially have been introduced to parts of the Ankara night life. Enjoyed an interesting taxi ride home – but I will just leave it at next time I am finding a grandpa taxi driver so that I don’t have to ward off as many compliments.

Cheers from abroad