Friday, December 17, 2010

Storms

Last night there were crazy storms here in Antalya. The wind sounded like a freight train, the rain was coming from all different directions and the sky was a yellow-greenish color. It was all a vaguely familiar feeling like I was in the middle of tornado season in the Texas Panhandle. I was pretty sure we don't normally have tornadoes in Antalya, but I had to ask Enes to make sure. He thought I was a little a ridiculous, but I assured him  that tornadoes can sneak up on you and the way the weather has been lately around here, you just never know. 


There were no tornadoes as far as I know, but this morning we awoke to huge trees uprooted from the ground, branches, window shutters and dirt everywhere.  When I got to the office this morning, I saw pictures  in the online newpaper, The Hurriyet,  of a huge boat that sunk by the harbor last night. 



All of the crewman except for 1 were rescued. I can only imagine what the sea must have been like last night throwing this huge boat around. It must have been terribly frightening for all of those men.

This morning the sea is still quite stormy looking, but everything else is peaceful and sunny as we recover from last night's storm. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sugar Cookies

These are some of my favorite Turkish cookies to pick up when I occassionally drop into the Pastane. They are like floury sugar cookies and have powdered sugar sprinkled on top. They are plain and simple and go great with a cup of coffee or tea.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ara Güler


I ran across this famous Turkish photographer, Ara Güler,  and he has some beautiful photographs of Istanbul and Anatolia. His nickname is The Eye of Istanbul. You can see more of his photographs here.





                                  

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Song of Sparrows


The film The Song of Sparrows is wonderful. We watched it the other night and I got so much insight into what life is like in Eastern Turkey. This film is set in Iran, but Enes says the village where he lived as a child was just like this. It was quite a nostalgic film for him and a learning experience for me. 

Monday, December 06, 2010

Persimmons - Havanin Meyvesi

There are so many lovely fruits in Turkey that I have never eaten. Sometimes I'll walk through the street pazar and notice fruits or vegetables that I've never even seen before. Maybe I'm just not savvy on my fruits and vegetables, but I'm always seeing new things and it makes me so excited.

I tried a persimmons for the first time last year and I fell in love. Its really sweet and we always eat it for dessert when its in season. In Turkish they are called Havanin Meyvesi (Eve's Fruit, as in from the Garden of Eden). Persimmons are in season right now and I noticed this one the other day and it was huge and I had to try it.  So good!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Bread


I don't fully understand the obsession with bread in this country. If you don't have bread, you can't have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Its like trying to eat an Oreo cookie without the cream in the middle. You just can't.

Tonight Enes cooked dinner. It was a kind of chicken and rice soup. We didn't have any bread and Enes complained a little about it, but we were both starving so he let it go...or so I thought.

About 2 minutes into the meal, Enes stops eating and looks at me. "I can't do it. I can't do it." he says. "You can't do what?" I say totally confused. He gets up in a hurry and I hear him mumbling something about bread. I tell him we have Lavas (like tortillas) and he snuffs at me and shakes his head. He wants REAL bread...
He takes off to the kitchen. He comes back and you know what he has?

Cornflakes! Yes, he puts them in his chicken soup, because he can't find any bread. I'm disgusted at the thought. He asks me why it is so weird, because I eat cereal with milk. He then tells me I should try it because maybe in fact I have been taught wrong and this is the perfect combination for the perfect meal. I shake my head and continue eating as he crunches away eating all his cornflake chicken soup.

Just a normal evening in the Demirci household...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Perfect Day


It's November and it is still abnormally warm in Antalya. I'm not complaining, if the weather was like this all year round, I would be in heaven.

With the sun shining bright and the sky clear this morning, we wanted to make sure and get outside and enjoy it.  Sometime soon the rainy season will arrive and we won't have these pleasant Saturday afternoons. We decided to find a beach so we could sit and relax. We drove about 20 minutes outside of Antalya on the Konyaalti Road, found this little spot, and set up our chairs and our fishing poles.

We didn't realize how warm it actually was. We could have swam today! We were both burning up in our pants and t-shirts and Enes was wishing he could have jumped in to do some spear fishing.

To be in such a quiet place, reading a wonderful book with a few fishing lines thrown out and listening to the water of the Mediterranean washing up to the shore was a perfect day.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday!!


Today was Enes' birthday! We celebrated by having dinner and cake with friends. A friend of ours made a  birthday cake that looked like a fish and I really think it was the best cake I have ever tasted.

The next day, Enes and I celebrated at home. I wanted to cook him dinner, but instead he cooked me dinner! I'm a lucky girl!

Monday, November 01, 2010

1 Year

Enes and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary in October. Our civil ceremony was October 16th and our wedding ceremony was October 17th, so I guess we get to celebrate both days?!

A friend of ours who is a photographer took some photos for our anniversary as our wedding gift because she wasn't able to be here when were married. We had a fun morning with her exploring the streets of Old Town Antalya and the harbor and needless to say after viewing the photos, we laughed alot!

Here are a few of our favorites: