And Under It All, She Was Wearing Really Sassy Leopard Print Ballet Flats

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  1. Deborah says:

    All right, that's it – I'm taking you with me next time I leave home. Never had a better travel guide than you – obviously the only person who could make museums fun.

    I hooted and hawed and guffawed. And I'm so glad you're having such a great time in the Big Cities. More, more!!!

  2. Deborah says:

    PS Thought you might be interested in this quote from a NYTimes op-ed piece:

    'The burqa is not religious headwear; it is a physical barrier to engagement in public life adopted in a deep spirit of misogyny.'

    Feiisal G. Mohamed
    Asst prof of English
    University of Illinois

  3. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I think the camera would be freeing in some way–though I'm not sure I can quite articulate why.

    I love that quote Deborah posted.

  4. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    Perhaps running in the bargain shawl will keep the stares away?? And high-five for your bargaining skills (skills which I know do not come naturally to a Minnesotan).
    I hope to visit Turkey someday, and these glimpses through your eyes and your camera are so wonderful. The burqa may allow surrepticious peeking at things not otherwise allowed. Wouldn't it be interesting to see what her photos might look like from behind a burqa as well as from outside?

  5. secret agent woman says:

    There are some crazy relics in that place.

    I always felt like a burqa would both provide privacy and distance you from life.

  6. kmkat says:

    Have you considered running in a burka? Might cut down on the stares. Or increase them. Hard to say, really.

  7. unmitigated me says:

    I really hate to impose western morality on a woman in a Burka. Where I live, there is a tremendous and vital middle-eastern Muslim population. Some of the sexiest clothes I have ever seen are on women who dress "hijab" or modestly, with ONLY face and hands visible, but with some of the most gorgeous fabrics and styles, eek. I am waxing rhapsodic here. Anyway I, for one, think she doesn't look terribly oppressed, and I think she's using that camera to capture some of the beauty of Allah's creation for her scrapbook, or to post online! Want to meet some wonderful, articulate young women, some of whom wear the burka? Go here:

  8. haphazardlife says:

    I couldn't say about the camer, but I'd never wear a burqa. It must be incredibly uncomfortable in the heat.
    – Jazz

  9. lime says:

    i tend to think the camera gives her the chance to display what her vision is. the burqa is very hard for me to understand in any terms other than oppression. the only woman i've ever seen in one in person was on a hugely pregnant young mother with 3 under school age children in tow as she pushed one in a stroller on a very hot august day. her husband ambled around quite freely though.

  10. choochoo says:

    I'm reading 'in the land of invisible women'. It's about things like women being veiled. It's interesting.


    He saw WHOLE runners? I can't help but think that it would be more interesting if there was just bits and pieces running around.

  11. monica says:

    so – for your next run – just wear a burka – that'll keep 'em from staring – unless they're
    non- turks..

  12. Shrinky says:

    Ahhh, I could almost smell the spices in the air, reading this – what a wonderful read. You run in this heat? Wow, cudos! I cannot imagine how it must be to live my life behind a veil, but I guess the woman in the picture would probably say the same about my choice of dress. At least I do have a choice, I wonder if she does?

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    that's amazing, to be able to read a couple so well when one is completely undercover. Body language says a lot though.
    I give you and your new boyfriend a year tops.

  14. Pam says:

    I'd probably enjoy wearing the burqa. I'm the type who enjoys a sigh of relief escaping to the privacy of the toilet away from work/parties/anything!
    Best time I had at a party was at a masked fancy dress party as an ape – all I had to do was bounce around and scratch myself, which is what I do anyway!
    Plus,the relief of not having to worry about bad hair days, a "nothing to wear" dilemma or a big blind zit.Sounds great to me.
    While admiring your efforts Jocelyn,I'd use it as a perfect excuse NOT to run.

  15. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    I sense a touch of comfort in your post – that returning to the city and having the in-laws arrive has offered a chance to breath and recollect the good things about choosing this adventure. How great that they can come and how nice to have someone who can understand what you see as different. Sort of a regrounding.

    HAve a great time. I love the photos and the glimpse of what you see.

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