04/16/2010 - 04/16/2010 65 °F
We have seen small glimpses of Turkish life outside the metropolis of Istanbul and the hot pockets of tourism at Ephesus and Cappadocia. I can't say we have truly experienced and lived in the culture as we have in other countries--maybe if we had gone to stay in the nomad camp down by the border of Iraq.....!!!! hahah
Despite not being sure that we really KNOW Turkey, I can say that the entire family really loves what we do know of this country so far, and we all look forward to another visit in the future. Food is effortless and delicious, language is manageable, people are approachable and friendly, history is rich and captivating, and the land is absolutely, amazingly beautiful.
Sort of a mix of Utah canyon lands and California mountain volcanos with the colors of Nevada sagebrush and hills--feels like home to me!
We rented a car and took a long drive out of the Cappadocia tourist valley--Ben and I were gasping at the open beauty and space. That little time in the car, cruising along with our family on our own time, was the golden nugget of our journey--that moment of togetherness and peace that filled our souls with calm and ease. Funny that we had to come all the way around the world to find it! Life is so hectic and busy, (no matter where you are)--In my life, I am constantly searching for the magical way to keep all five of us in harmony. A big part of this journey was my desire to exit life as we know it, leave behind the distractions of the life we have lived, the home, the comforts, the patterns, so we might see a stripped down version of ourselves and our family. Of course, you can't leave your self behind completely, but out here on the road, we have gotten close many times--sometimes from the pain and anguish (INDIA), and other times that perfect moment just comes upon us all at the same time.
Out on the plain driving out into the countryside of Turkey, was one of those times.