The Village People

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11 Responses

  1. Jazz says:

    Love the comparison – and that picture? Priceless.

  2. You’re right–that IS the photo that illustrates all of the exuberance of new friendship and setting foot outside of our comfort zone.

  3. My, my. You can tell a tale, girl. I can’t believe you only have three months left. I wonder how quickly, or not, the time has gone for all in your family.

    Take good care.

  4. Love your stories! And the pictures too! What memories you will have encapsulated by the time you leave Turkey to return home though -just incredible.

  5. This is wonderful!

    I immediately recognized her from a post when you first got there–the time is flying!

  6. kmkat says:

    What a wonderful way to tell the story.

  7. Although I fully understand how both culture and temperament shape our comfort level with the different approaches to people, I find the pushy selling in some cultures absolutely excruciating. I have a tough enough time of it on short travels, and might not do so well on a longer stay.

    Oh, to answer your question – I take some joy in arranging the family traditions and revel in how much the kids are attached to them. But I resent having the entire cost and effort fall to me year after year. However, I never let on to the kids that its an issue, because I really try hard to not ever put them in the middle.

  8. pam says:

    Wonderful Jocelyn. Just wonderful.

  9. Pearl says:

    I love how this was written. Perfectly schizophrenic and in keeping with your experiences.

    I don’t know how you can handle the constant requests for money…


  10. lime says:


    that is all kinds of hilarious fabulosity. how could you ever could have imagined such an intersection occurring is incomprehensible and yet there it is. i love it. and i think i love all three of them.

  11. logo™ says:

    I love it, definitely the photo of the year.

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