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  1. chlost says:

    Ah, well, I suppose busy is a good excuse not to rant. I was looking forward to reading it, though. I hope that you get a chance to do/see most of what is still to do with Turkey. But then, having a few items left on the list would give you reason to return.
    Enjoy the ending of your adventure.
    PS I want to know how to take one of your online writing classes.

    • Jocelyn says:

      You can rest assured that I’m still roiling with annoyance and raised eyebrows at the testosterone here, so it’ll come in good time.

      Online writing class (probably disappointing in reality…I use some of my old blog posts as tie-ins to my weekly “announcements”)…if you know where I teach (do you?), I’m on the course schedule, so it’s just a matter of registering. If you wait ’til you’re a senior citizen, credits are startlingly cheap.

  2. That sunset is enough to render one senseless.

  3. lime says:

    well…ok….ancient history and amazing scenery do have a way of rinsing down a good lather i suppose.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Don’t sound so disappointed, chica! The emotion is still there…I just need the time to work it all out (like getting the toothpaste out of its tube).

  4. Jazz says:

    I’m sure you’ll be able to get yourself worked up enough to give us a good rant once the busy is over.

  5. kmkat says:

    Your rant may eventually become more of an anthropological treatise, which will be informative but not nearly as much fun.

    Ephesus — is that like the book of Ephesians (sp?) in the Bible? My Biblical knowledge is near zilch, having been raised a Methodist; they most concentrate on teaching things like “sharing” and “being nice”, rather than on Biblical texts.

  6. Friko says:

    Okay, that’s all fine and dandy, nice sightseeing stuff, nice family and friends stuff.
    But what I can’t, simply cannot get over, is that you are looking for a Starbucks in Smyrna, when you can have Turkish coffee.

    Or, come to remember it from Greek and Turkish caffs in London, perhaps I can.

    • Jocelyn says:

      It’s a rarity to find a good Turkish coffee here, in fact! Most are half-heartedly made, not using the necessary process of boil and lower temp and do some magic and spin around three times that a good cup of Turkish coffee requires. Plus, even when it is made well, the size of the coffee (1-2 ounces) doesn’t satisfy my need to suck on a mug of coffee in leisurely fashion. This year has been a terrible challenge, coffeewise; the fact that I’d ever willingly seek out a Starbucks is huge indication of that.

  7. Monica says:

    I get a picture of y’all panting around , all worked up to see as much as possible the last month..
    Enjoy as many gorgeous sunsets you can!

    Mehmet the gnome – does that mean he got what he deserved, and some?

  8. Pearl says:

    Joce, my friend, that lather is out there and waiting for you. No rush — but I do want to hear more about what’s gotten you all lathered up. 🙂 I think it will be informative and funny.


    • Jocelyn says:

      Your words inspire me, Pearl! I’m off on material-seeking missions again tomorrow…the unfortunate thing is that I’m on the West Coast, which is all progressive and modern and liberal, so the men kind of seem, um, normalish. Once we get back to Cappadocia, I’ll pull out my reporter’s notebook and fill the pages in an afternoon.

  9. Deborah says:

    Writing after the heat of the moment has cooled just doesn’t have the same impact, or the same sense of urgency to just get it all down. Pity, really. It would have terrific to read a Turkish man-rant from you, but I can see that it might be one of those things you wished for longingly but just never got for Christmas.
    I’ll live. I know that there’ll be something else coming from you that more than makes up for the one we’re all missing.
    I laughed at your expression ‘the last few drops of Wow’ – you’re sure wrapping things up in grand style, and I’m impressed that you even had the time to let us in on it. .

    • Jocelyn says:

      I do have at least three “Why Males in Turkey Make Me Nuts” posts brewing…and I can work up a good head of heat on the subject at any time, so never fear, sweetheart.

      But I’ll ease in to it. As a gesture of good faith about my ability to get riled, I can tell you–with the requisite swearing that they engender in me–that Turkish males’ behavior is bullsh**. See how easy it is to get me going?

  10. I’m completely happy hearing about Turkish men at a later date. Found your itinerary satisfied me completely. Enjoy this last month.

  11. I guess things got put in perspective. But you can always rant once you return home.

  12. ds says:

    Incredible that your Turkish year is coming to a close. Incredible that you have held your rant in for so long (it’s gonna be a doozy, isn’t it). Incredible that you, of all people, are seriously considering seeking out a Starbucks in Izmir/Smyrna.
    Incredible, incredible photos.

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