Meanwhile UVA is currently playing the Oregon Ducks. Oregon just scored their second of what I fear to be many touchdowns.
Oh good, someone finally won the tennis game.
Annnnd Oregon just scored their third touchdown.
Anyway.... I have been meaning to post some pictures from my recent trip to Turkey. I went with my church to visit and encourage some of our sister churches there. While it's not wise to write too much here about the specific details of the trip, I can say that it was a phenomenal experience, and I would LOVE to tell you about it or mail you a letter I wrote about the trip. Let me know if you want one.
I didn't have too many expectations prior to going to Turkey. I was unfamiliar with the country, the people, the language, the food, the faith... you name it. But, I have come back home with a deep appreciation for the Turkish culture. The hauntingly beautiful call to prayer; the manti and iskender (two of my favorite Turkish dishes); the pull between eastern traditionalism and western modernity that is palpably felt especially in Istanbul; the communal breaking of the fast each night (Ramadan ended while we were there); the deeply reverent pockets of Islam seen throughout different neighborhoods; the pride in one’s craftsmanship at the Grand Bazaar and street markets; the second century churches carved into cave walls in Cappadocia; the deep veneration for Ataturk - the founder of modern Turkey; the communal nature of çay, or black tea served in tulip-shaped glasses; the majesty of the Hagia Sophia seen from a ferry on the Bosphorus; the 80,000 mosques covering the landscape of the entire country – all of these things are part of the vibrant Turkish culture that I now know and respect.
Here are a few pictures from Istanbul. I'll post some of Cappadocia and Ankara in the next post. Have a great weekend!
|Sultan Ahmed Moque (Blue Mosque)|
|Ferry ride on the Bosphorus|
|Inside the Blue Mosque|
|Hagia Sophia with the Dream Team|
|Inside Hagia Sophia|
|Inside another mosque... the women weren't allowed on the carpet, but we didn't know that until afterwards.|
|Two of my faves, Maddie and Conor|
|Old city walls.... old as in 3rd Century old.|
|Virgin and Child mosaic in the Hagia Sophia|
|Jesus. He's cool.|
|Tiny Turkish coffee|
|A purdy street|
|Communal breaking of Ramadan one night in Taksim Square|
|Taksim Square, site of the anti-government protests in June|
|Adorable little gals|
|Genevieve and me|
|Lovely ladies - Lucy and Lisa.|
|Fruit stand. Amazingly good|
|Lucy's birthday on our first night in Turkey with kunefe and jet-lagged friends|
|Sunset over Istanbul|