We just got dropped at Meşeli, the village where we would be spending the day, in the morning, all eleven of us, at the mosque, one of the only two public buildings in the village – the other one being the village hall. A few seconds of confusion as I watched the kids decide on what they wanted to do. They had been assigned to survey all the houses in the village and despite it being a small one, with less than 300 people, it was still quite a challenging task to complete everything by 3 pm, which is when we were getting picked up. I ended up jumping on the surveying wagon as well since walking around on my own in a half empty village wasn’t going to be much fun anyway.
These past two Saturdays, I spent the day not exactly in Ankara but technically speaking, not exactly outside Ankara either. She isn’t making any sense, you say? (Well, “she” rarely does make any sense to be honest). I joined some of the geography undergrads at university on their fieldtrip to some villages north of the city, still considered part of the Ankara Province – hence the above confusion. When I was invited to join the trip by one of my tutors, I leapt at the opportunity immediately especially since it was free and also it would allow me to see places to where I currently call home – my “dislike” for Ankara isn’t exactly unknown.
January is not over yet so I suppose it’s not too late to wish you all a Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a week since I came back from Germany, nearly two weeks since the year started. And what have I done since? Lie in bed and eat cookies while doing a marathon of The Big Bang Theory. With nearly -20 degrees and constant snow outside, it seemed like that best thing to do at the time. Not that I regret it but my waistline probably will soon – we don’t always see eye to eye. Add in the mega feasting that took place in Deutschland and it’ll be screaming for help very soon. With the coldest days hopefully over in Ankara, it’s time for me to get back into the groove again, may that be work, studies, travelling.