Mount Ararat                                                                                                          The Blob,  Vol. 2, Issue 7, July 2007
Sunday July 15th, 2007
Mount Ararat Part I Mount Ararat Part II
 
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What can I say?  Ararat was beautiful, horses carried my big pack for me and my body acclimatized excellently to the altitude!!!  :)))  One fellow unfortunately didn't make it to the top because of altitude sickness and another fellow had to accompany him back down, so two of our group of seven didn't make it to the top. :(
My hiking group consisted entirely of Turks, some of whom spoke a little English and others none, so it was fun and interesting
using my broken Turkish to communicate.  It really would be emotionally difficult to survive in a foreign country without an expat community.  I learned fluent Chinese when I lived in Taiwan and I plan to take a Turkish course here in August to get some basics of the language here, but there were and are times when you just need to talk with someone from your homeland or who can understand better where you're coming from and why things feel strange to you.  I'll have a lot more to say on this topic when I write up my Athens trip from last week.
Notice the old style scale used for selling fruit above - using a fixed measure to weigh your fruit - requires trusting the vendor's honesty.

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