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Rif wrote us about his summer holidays, starting July 9, 2002
It is summer, yes finally. After my wife and I had thought whether we should go for a holiday this summer or not, we decided to take our chance with our new-born baby to the mediterrenean coast - of course with the encouragements from Vance and his experience.
We headed from Bolu to Ankara two days ago with my car. We stopped by in Ankara for the day and stayed there for a night. Anakara is the capital of Turkey with 3.500 000 million inhabitants. My wife's uncle came from Italy for a short holiday so we had the chance to see him as well.
Yesterday we left Ankara for Nigde. Nigde is in the Capadocia region. It is also where I work. On the way to Nigde, there is really not much to see. But, there is a lake called Salt Lake. It is the source of producing iotic salt for Turkey as well. I took a picture of it but I am not sure whether I can send it here. But as soon as I have time, I will put them it the web somewhere.
best wishes for now, more later
Here's Rif's dispatch from July 10, 2002
We are now in Mersin. Yesterday night we arrived in here from Nigde. Nigde was not so fun because I had some paper work to do and I mostly spent the time with that. The university was almost deserted. Nobody was around and the fourth year students were around asking when they would get their diplomas.
Nigde is in the center of Anatolia and has a remarkable past. I found a web site describing the city pretty much. You can find more information if you are interested at http://www.anatolia.com/anatolia/destinations/nigde/
I meant to send this email yesterday night but I was tired after a drive of 4 hours. Driving was fun! We drove through the Taurus mountains. They are enourmous, still with snow on their hills. We stopped several times to taste the spring water and local fruits. It was an enjoyable drive, mostly on the highway.
I am with my brother here in Mersin. He has been here for about 8 years by now. Today I will see what we can do. More about our Mersin stay later...
After Bolu and Nigde, Mersin is really hot in weather. I think I had better go and swim to get cool.
Susanne enjoys the travelogue, July 10, 2002
Keep telling us more about your summer holiday! Travel letters is a great idea for our ongoing communication and cultural understanding. I like that you have found some links to sites you've visited; that will add to my learning about Turkey as a country.
My brother and his little family sent me a postcard from Alanya (a holiday resort in Turkey where people from Denmark often come on a charter holiday). He writes that his children, three and five, suffer from the strong heat, about 40 degree celsius (the date was June 28.) How is your newborn and your wife doing on the long car rides?
Rif replies, July 12, 2002
Dear Susanne, and the efiwebheads people
Thanks for your email. I will try to put together some more information about the places I have gone through with the pictures I have taken soon. It seems that I will have time to do that soon.
>My brother and his little family sent me a postcard from Alanya (a holiday resort in Turkey where people from Denmark often come on a charter holiday). He writes that his children, three and five, suffer from the strong heat, about 40 degree celsius (the date was June 28.)
Alanya is in our list. We are planning to go there. But, the heat makes us double-think on that. As your brother says it is pretty hot in there. Moreover, the mosquitos are worse. Let's see how will it go!
>How is your newborn and your wife doing on the long car rides?
She is pretty ok. It seems that she liked to watch around in the car. I hope she continues like that. But, we don't want to push the limits of course.
After staying a day and a half in Mersin, we are now in Antakya (also known as Antioch). Mersin was hot (around 34 degrees), and we decided to leave there earlier than we had planned.
Antakya is a very historical place. A lot to see and to do. More info is here: http://www.anatolia.com/anatolia/destinations/hatay/default.asp
We had arrived in Mersin on Tuesday. We had thought that we could do some shopping and sightseeing in the downtown before we left. HOwever, the weather was so hot that we couldn't take the change to walk around. Generally it was nice to stop in Mersin. We had the chance to see my brother and Aunt. And ,they had the chance to see the baby :-) We had a bbq party at my brother's house on Tuesday night, and we gathered at my aunt's house on Wed noon. It was nice to see the relatives and my cousins. We had a great time!
Wednesday late afternoon, we decided to leave for a cooler place, which was also in our plan. The first interval was in Asos, on the coast. We stopped by to have a break and supper. There was a nice wind blowing from the sea, and we had some nice vegie before heading off to Antakya (also called Antioch). It was almost 11:30 pm when we arrived in Antakya. I meant to send this email but I felt so tired. I will see what we will do today. MOre later...
As Suzanne mentioned, too, Mersin is as hot as Alanya. Alanya is in our plan too. We will have air-condiitoned hotel rooms, but we are still not sure whether we should go or stay here in cool.
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