Hello and Goodbye from Ankara

Music in the Castle courtyard (click for video–sorry it’s so small, will post larger version later)

Had a free morning before leaving for Konya. George Chinnery from the US Embassy kindly escorted me, dodging various May Day protests through the city in order to see the old city, Ataturk’s mausoleum, and good views of the city. A bit of the sounds of Turkey in the link above (short video). A few photos below.

Kids playing in the courtyard of the castle

Kids playing in the courtyard of the castle

I am feeling slightly less dazed and confused, and have managed to sleep a bit. Work begins tomorrow.

Yup that's me, and that's the Turkish flag. Proof of life.

Yup that’s me, and that’s the Turkish flag. Proof of life.

In the old city

In the old city

Leaving for Konya in about an hour. Time to get packed up.

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