14.10.2015 - 17.10.2015 67 °F
posting updates quite a challenge.
The ubiquitious 5" screen is everywhere. Seems the Turks have adopted technology with enthusiasm that on it's own, might fund large parts of Silicon Valley. My most recent trip here was only 5 years ago. The change is breathtaking. Large parts of what not long ago was an agriculture based economy is quickly being replaced with a Turkish version of American strip malls, and mega factory outlet stores. In short, I've found it just takes a bit more effort to find the true soul of this wonderful country.
In a tiny restaurant perched on a hillside next to ruins of temples dating back to the 4th century B.C. I'd dinner with a young Turkish couple. Our dinner of fresh caught fish, local cheese, lamb, tomatoes, and humus was the perfect backdrop for what became nearly 3 hours of sharing our views of the world. My new friends were both finishing their PhD's. His, in Philosophy hers, in cultural anthropology. Originally from Istanbul, they'd recently become fearful of the political instability and weary of chaotic city life. A year ago they moved to this small village and began operate a 4 room bed and breakfast inn, which is where I found them.
Our dinner conversation soon turned to the recent bombing in Ankara, President Erdogan's increasingly repressive and corrupt tenure and enevitably to the growing instability caused by the war just over the border in Syria. They both agreed the growing threat posed by ISIS frightened them most of all.
The next day I continued my journey north. My plan was to take an tiny isolated road that hugged the rocky coast. Just as I was getting close to the point where the Greek island of Samos came into view I was forced to turn back. The Turkish army had put up a temporary blockade. No doubt to prevent any more refugees from making a dash for Europe.