"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."   - Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Notes on a Turkish Train Pass

Hello Folks,
     I hope you are all well. It's been busy as heck the past couple of weeks here in Tarsus, but Christine and I seem to be settling into a pretty nice routine now that school has started. The first week of classes was very enjoyable. My students are funny, witty, inquisitive, and seem to speak and understand English better than I was expecting. And Christine is really off to a great start. She's volunteering at school here in elementary classes, and working two nights and one day a week teaching English to adults. But rather than write at length, and in wordy fashion, about our experiences, I think I'll write in more of a brief, bullet-point style that'll hopefully be a little easier on the eyes and take up less of your time. So here it is, "Notes on a Turkish Train Pass." Random thoughts and observations of our days and nights here in Turkey:

Things are amazingly cheap here. I had a tailor down the street take in five pairs of pants for me. The cost was about three dollars a pair in American money. Food and clothes are way less than at home.

In that same tailor's shop, there are three old men that work all day and into the night on old foot-peddle style sewing machines. In the states those machines would be classified as antiques.