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Published: October 22nd 2017
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I've lost track on where I am in the blog. Since we don't really have internet at home, I'm getting a little lost. Yesterday we went to market day in Yalikivak. We bought peaches, itty bitty strawberries, watermelon (karpus), dried and fresh apricots, honey and sesame-covered peanuts, tomatoes, parsley, onions, another melon which we don't have a name for (it looks like a cantaloupe, but is green inside) and bananas. Everything was very fresh and very local, except the bananas. We brought all of it home and mixed a bunch of the fruit in with some plain yogurt and honey for lunch. It has been over 100 degrees, so that was very refreshing. I used the vegetable stuff with some leftover ground beef I had to make spaghetti last night.
We spent the afternoon down at the beach where Josh played with his Turkish friend. His friend's name is Yenesh and he speaks really good English for a 9-year-old Turkish boy. They have been teaching each other words and phrases including "best friend," which we thought was very cute.
Today we got moving fairly early and headed to Bodrum to see the castle and underwater archeology museum. This is a
great daytrip because you really get a two-fer there. You can explore the castle and the underwater archeology museum is a bonus (you might call it a three-fer because you get some very nice views of the Bodrum harbor as well). There are a couple places inside where you can get drinks and hang out. There is also an employee cafeteria of sorts where we attempted to get manti and karpus but were told that we could not. Instead, we settled for crackers and water in the visitor's section. Many sections of the museum closed down from 12-1 for lunch, but you can still wander the open-air areas. Another interesting aspect of the museum is that there are many artists who display different kinds of work throughout the museum that you can buy. Josh got a handblown glass ring with the nazar bonjuk on it and I think Kate bought two necklaces from the same guy. We bought a brass and silver coin pendant for Kate for her birthday with the symbols for Ephesus and Artemis on it. I bought an agate and silver pendant for myself. Alex bought Kate a pair of seed pearl earrings and a silver dolphin
We were supposed to follow these little red arrows, but since our "spidey" powers were failing us, we couldn't scale the wall.
necklace. All of the jewelry was much nicer than anything else that I've seen here so far and was handmade and reasonably priced. I was very glad to come across these artists because Kate's birthday is tomorrow and I was concerned that we would not be able to find anything nice for her. At any rate, visit this castle for a mere 10 YTL (kids free) and you will see all the ancient amphora you can shake a stick at.
While in Bodrum we tracked down the post office. We are a little confused by the post offices here because they appear to do all different kinds of business there besides post. This one, for example, has a large desk for currency exchange. There is also a waiting area that looks akin to the one at the DMV. It is always crowded and we can't figure it out (well, not beyond posting the cards anyway).
We found some boat trip options for later in the summer, sailing out of Bodrum. They are a little cheaper (25YTL) than Gundogan, but not by much. That will be fun to do with my parents when they come. Since Bodrum is on the southern part
A real pomegranite tree-- cool!
This tree is planted inside the castle.
of the peninsula, we will be in some different waters and may even see some different fish.
We stopped by the area that has the movie theater to get a time to go to the movies tomorrow. Supposedly it is a mall, but it doesn't bear much resemblance to the ones at home. They did have a store that is similar to Claires and Kate bought some things for her hair. Josh bought her a little stuffed bunny for her birthday.
Another random observation: All the little islands around here have a single Turkish flag flying at the top. We wonder if this is to deter the Greeks from moving back in.
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