Yesterday we hosted friends up at our pool for a while and then headed down to the beach. We called it "baby day" because much of the activity was centered around playing with our two toddler friends. Kids and adults fetched water from the sea for Alp Doan and Ipek to play with and Ipek had a day of beauty that included doing her hair and nails (in a very stylish blue). It has been wonderful becoming part of the long-time resident community. Whenever we arrive there is always someone there we know, even if they don't speak English and our Turkish is till lousy. We exchange pleasantries in Turkish and watch the kids play. More often than not their is a group of 15 or 20 of us milling about from seat to sea and back again, socializing.
Today we have different friends coming to the pool and we have an invitation for dinner. That's practically a frenetic pace for us.