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Walking the Streets of Ankara

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A typical downtown street. There are signs for everything, everywhere. There are also lots of people, which is a really welcome sight for me.

I’ve only been in Ankara for a few days and I’ve been a bit lethargic.  Since I have two and a half years here, there’s no rush to go out and see everything, or frantically pack a month’s worth of fun into 36 hours like we frequently do on port calls.  I’m not really used to the slow pace I’ve been keeping the last few days, but hopefully soon I’ll fill my schedule with things to do.

So, what have I been doing?  Mostly just walking around and getting to know the city.  When I was here in March, the mountains were still capped with snow and the whole city had a gray, dingy feel to it.  I wasn’t exactly excited about returning to such bleakness.

This week, however, it’s beautiful.  Even at 33-34 C (the low 90s in F), the sun feels good, the sky is blue, and there are smiling, happy people out and about.  My years in San Diego converted me into a fair-weather everything, and I’m really thankful that I’m starting this adventure at such a beautiful time!

Of course, to get the most of the weather, today I tried to walk from an office back to the hotel, which is mostly uphill.  Image

I did find a nice park with a swan pond which was a pretty chill place to relax for a while.  Needless to say, the heat became more oppressive the more I walked, and I finally succumbed to getting a taxi.  Luckily, they’re really cheap here.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Any luck with finding a place yet?

    June 22, 2012
    • Besides checking out neighborhoods, I haven’t really started looking. I have a few appointments scheduled for the weekend, and should get my list of security requirements tomorrow. Hopefully that will save some time – I don’t want to look at a place that won’t be approved.

      June 22, 2012
  2. Sara #

    Good on you for writing in your blog! You’re inspiring me to do the same this weekend 🙂

    June 22, 2012
  3. Old Jarhead #

    Stop the presses! “Caveman” Jarhead has logged onto a blog site. 🙂 Good to see you are getting around in Turkey, Sarah. Good luck finding a nice hootch. Probably won’t be of the opulent, SOCAL variety but you’ll make it home.

    June 26, 2012
  4. Kevin #

    Streetwalking. Heh. Fretz must not have read this yet so it’s up to me to make the cheap joke

    June 28, 2012
    • I can always count on my Navy buddies, and especially the Bahrain element, to make the classy hits!

      June 28, 2012

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