Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pakistan Meets Italy Meets Turkey

"Pakistan Meets Italy" themed dinner for our friends.
On Monday, October 19th, we hosted all our graduate students for a meal at our apartment. We quickly prepared dinner for a party of about 10 people. It was a lot of fun to cook under time pressure. Alex made pasta and tomato sauce and I made curried potatoes with all sorts of spices. Through the Italian and Pakistani cuisine, we wanted to showcase America’s diversity to our Turkish friends, because America truly is a melting pot of many cultures. Luckily, our guests were hungry and the food disappeared quickly. Later that evening, we played backgammon at Konak Kafe and drank warm cay.

Our graduate students have become our friends. They are all so kind and caring. They look after us, and are always ready to help us. It’s such a joy getting to know them, each unique in their own way. We are so appreciative of their generosity and hospitality, and it would be an understatement to say we value their friendship. They are our community and family here in Antalya, and we will miss them very much when they leave to the UK or the USA in December to pursue higher degrees.

With our graduate students--friends--at Konak Kafe after dinner.

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