Sunday, November 8, 2015

Düden Waterfalls & Perge

Saturday, November 7, 2015
On Saturday, we went to Düden Şelalesi with our university rep Meltem and our colleague and good friend, Aslı. Meltem brought her two adorable sons and Aslı brought her boyfriend, Receb, who was very kind. We drove to the waterfall in Meltem’s car. We did get lost a few times on the road, but managed to find the waterfall regardless. When we got there, I was impressed that there was a whole park built around this natural wonder. We walked around on a self-guided tour, stopping every so often to snap some photos. We marveled at the beauty of the waterfall—its gushing and whooshing created an enjoyable mist. It actually reminded me of Niagara Falls in Buffalo, New York and Canada. My family visited Niagara Falls about 10 years ago, and I remember wearing rain jackets because it was so cold being by the water.
Düden Şelalesi (Waterfalls) in Antalya.
We ate lunch at a restaurant near the waterfall. Because it was so chilly, we wrapped ourselves in cozy blankets provided by the restaurant. I ate balık (fish) cooked in a clay pot, with sides of tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and potatoes.

Later that afternoon, we drove to Perge (pronounced “per-gay”), another Romans ruins site. We crashed a tour being given to elderly American citizens. We walked around the agora (Roman marketplace) and the public baths. Like Side, there were Corinthian, Doric, and Ionic columns everywhere—some columns remained fully in tact, some were cracked, some lied in debris, and some appeared to have been chopped in half. During the tour, I met a woman from Maine and became very excited. We made small talk and I told her I went to college in that state. I love Maine so much!!
At one the public paths at Perge, ancient Roman ruins.
 During the trip, I enjoyed playing with Meltem’s two boys; they are so adorable and mischievous, especially the youngest one, Demir. Demir is a clever yet dramatic little boy. He says the funniest things. For example, when he does not want to go to school, he tells his mother “give me a knife, I will kill myself.” When he does not want to do homework, he says “I wish school was never invented” or “I wish my homework was to burn my homework.” Hilarious! Where does he learn these things?! I sat in the back seat with Oktay and Demir on the ride back home and played games with them. I love little kids. I miss not being able to hold my baby nephew, Azi. I wonder when I will see him again. Maybe he can visit Turkey with his Dada (paternal grandfather).
Oktay consoling Demir after a cat scratch.
Before going home, we made a stop at Metro, a wholesales store. It’s similar to America’s Costo stores. It sells everything in large quantities for low prices, and its target audience is store or restaurant owners. Alex and I bought chocolate, sunflower seeds, çay cups, and a few nar. An embarrassing but funny thing happened to me. When I walked to the fresh produce section, I saw a crate full of pomegranates and when I saw the price—3 TL—I could not believe it. I got excited because Alex and I love nar and if it were actually this cheap, we would buy the whole crate. Meltem, Aslı, and Receb were in disbelief. When they inquired about the price, I learned that the pomegranates were actually 3TL per pound. I felt so embarrassed! But we all laughed in good jest.
Jumbo bag of sunflower seeds at Metro.

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