We’ve been here now for a little over one month and I can honestly say it feels like returning home. Turkey is such a special place to our family, and we’re delighted to be back. We’ve had fun making new friends and reconnecting with old friends, learning our neighborhood, and jumping back into Turkish once again. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to.
Honestly, I think one of the top things has been reconnecting with my dear friend, Elif. I met Elif 8 years ago when I came here as a college student to take a course to learn about Islam. I was chubby and had braces, and Elif still let me be her friend! She introduced Ellie and I to her sweet nephew, Ceyhun ,when they came over for breakfast this past Saturday.
In other news, I’ve been busy learning Turkish. I started classes this week, and it will be quite the investment of time! Scott has to watch Ellie while I’m gone, so he makes up for the lost time in work in the evenings and on the weekends. Sadly, this won’t be a very fun month for our family, but it’s a necessary one and one that we’ll be thankful for in the long run! When I’m home with Ellie we have a ball playing together, listening to the Secret Garden audiobook, playing at the park, making friends in the neighborhood, and reading lots.
I’ve also been busy with cooking and cleaning as usual which is quite the feat because in Budapest I could find most of the ingredients I needed! There are some things Americans are used to using in cooking such as vanilla extract, vinegar, brown rice and pumpkin that are easy to find elsewhere, but not here! Lately, as a treat after the sweetie pie is in bed, I’ve been reading for fun. When I had Ellie I remember thinking I’d never read for fun again, so I’m happy to report I was wrong. I’m currently reading Little Women and I think it is my favorite book of all time. On the Kindle it’s free and you can read the second part that print copies often don’t include. Additionally, Scott and I just started watching a British Miniseries called Sherlock Holmes and it’s such a good show. We’re not big TV fans, don’t even own one, but this is a show worth watching! We can’t go out for date night just yet, so this is a fun stay in option for us.
Someone once told me they’d love to be a fly on the wall in Scott’s mind. That’s how I feel. He’s really busy with his studies, and I see the wheels in his brain constantly turning. He walks around the house muttering in Turkish and I really wonder what is going on in there! I guess it’s a busy job untangling the mysteries of the Ottoman Empire!
I’m interested to see what adventures this month will bring.