Turkey 2013

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Report 7. Day 7.  Friday, October 4, 2013. Dinner and a Flat Tire.


Cihan leaves for work, but "What Ho", Cried Daniel, finds the right rear tire flat. He hitches a ride with another naval officer, and leaves the car for when he gets back at the end of the day.

My incredibly detailed "notes" for the day read like this: "Cihan flat tire. Restaurant. No butter." Nice job, Bob.

Maybe Sharon can remember things we did Friday.

Cihan comes home from work, and as you can see below, uses a pump he has to fill volleyballs, air mattresses etc. He takes the tire to the place where he recently bought the tires, and they detect a leak between the tire and the rim. They say it's caused by rust on the inside of the rim, where the rim touches the tire. They use that stuff you spray can into tires to seal puncture holes, but this seals this leak too. Cihan comes home and picks us up, and we're off to dinner.


Do you get the notion that my reports are a large percentage of the time, about meals? Yeah, me too.

We are bound for a new restaurant tonight, near to a favorite of theirs. They've been wanting to try this, so it'll be an experiment for them, which is exciting.

It's cold and I have put my dark blue Yosemite hooded sweat shirt on. It feels great.


Dinner is soup, fish and more. Maybe Sharon will remember more. {Because this is their first time at this fish restaurant (a "balik" restaurant), Cihan spends a deal of time talking with the owner. We have appetizers of calamari, both fried and grilled with a great tartar sauce. Then we have a dish that Tara says is sardines butterflied and fried. Delicious. Tara doesn't tell Bob they are sardines because she thinks he won't try them. Usually if he tries the new foods, he likes them but won't try them if they sound strange to him. I made the mistake of telling him that a dessert of sugared pumpkin tasted like sweet potatoes fixed at Thanksgiving and then he wouldn't try them because he doesn't like sweet potatoes. Bob, Bob, Bob. They also served some delicious corn bread that Tara was anticipating as she doesn't eat the bread with gluten in it. Bob asks for butter. They don't say "we don't have butter", but we see one of the young woment put on her coat and go out, into the cold night mind you, and we know she is going to buy butter for Bob. They will also prepare him sliced (and peeled!) tomatoes every place we eat as Cihan asks them to prepare that for him. The rest of us are served a delicious salad with arugula, tomato chunks, radishes, with a dressing of olive oil and pomegranate juice. YUM.}

And then it's time for desserts. Sharon and Cihan have something called a volcano with a dollop of ice cream, I have straight ice cream, and Tara has a semolina dish. {It tasted like cream of wheat sweetened and a little thicker. Delicious}



Outside, after dinner, Cihan talks with the chef, I think, (as he can and loves to talk) about anybody and everybody about everything. The trees are lighted up like it's Christmas. Beautiul. {Bob admires a poster of various kinds of fish on one of the outdoor tables and, of course, they get him a fresh one, roll it up and give it to him. Love the Turks and their generousity.}


The restaurant is called Yakamoz Balik. Balik means fish. 'Yakamoz' rhymes with Jock'-a-moes. Sort of bounces off your tongue.


And for a from-the-moving-car picture...


This shot, through the entryway of their apartment shows an unfinished electrical outlet a couple of feet to the right of the top of the door, in the hallway. Sharon says, "That's where they charge their smart phones." Good one, Shar.


And that's it for another day, Day 7. Been here a week, two more to go. We are SOOOOOOOO glad we expanded our initial 2 weeks to 3 weeks.

A man walks into a penguin bar. He says to the penguin-bartender, "Have you seen my brother?" And the penguin says, "Eeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooeeeeeeeeee?" Which is Adelie for "I didn't understand aword that just came outa your mouth."



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