A few weeks ago we took a trip to Niğde, where my husband’s mother is from. Niğde is know for its apple production, and his family owns a small apple orchard down there. We were going to watch the harvest. We drove down Saturday and were greeted by chilly weather and rain. We did manage to see Kapadokya’s most intact and well preserved Byzantine Monastery, Gümüşler Monastery. After trudging around in the freezing rain seeing the historical site for several hours, we had a lovely dinner with some extended family.
In Niğde in mid-October there was already snow on the mountains. Niğde is nestled into the plains surrounded by inactive volcanic mountains.
When wewere there we were supposed to go to the apple orchards and watch the harvest, but we ran into some trouble. We spent the afternoon in a small village looking for a mechanic, then for a tow truck.
While we were waiting I took a look around the village.
We saw puppies…we always do.
Plums drying in the sun.
Farmers harvesting cabbage.
That last photo was taken from inside the car on the top of the tow truck. We needed a new radiator and by the time it was fixed it was time to head back to Ankara. It was a whirlwind trip. While we did have some fun we have since decided that we will save trips of five hours of driving or more for long weekends only.
Hey Jules, I just happened to come across your blog and would love to pick your brain. I am a teacher from the states and have been living and teaching in South Korea for the last year and was offered a teaching position at a private language school in Ankara, which I am thinking very seriously about taking and would love your take on living in Turkey and any other suggestions you might have. I would be arriving sometime in March of 2011. I look forward to hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks