|Summer? The Bartering System Games Night The Blob, Vol. 3, Issue 2, March 2008|
|Saturday March 1st, 2008|
So it seems that summer has arrived. We went out biking last
week-end on Buyukada (the big island) and it was very beautiful.
Two Wednesdays ago, we cancelled our American Football activity
because there was a foot of snow on the field and this past
Wednesday I was running around in shorts!!! So cool! :)
A family came over to visit Mark last week-end who had five kids! Three of them were entranced playing solitaire on my computer while the youngest
girl cooked me some Chinese food made from checkers in a blue cup.
My Indonesian friend on the right has an interesting biology which causes him to sweat in the cold. Needless to say that he's quite enjoying the warm weather just now.
Alex on the left is from Austria and he just returned home this past week. I'm very sad to see him go - he gave me the best hugs! He was like 6'5" and he lifted me off the ground! :)
Toni, diagonal left, just got here this year and is enjoying nannying and learning Turkish.
|Thursday March 6th, 2008|
|The Bartering system . . .|
|is alive and
well in Turkey. My co-teacher helped me put my motorbike up for sale
on a Turkish website. Two days later we had five web responses. One
fellow wanted to trade me a new Nokia cell phone, another wanted to
trade me his laptop, another wanted to trade me for a yellow
scooter, another wanted me to accept his credit card and the fifth
wanted the price lowered (more what I was expecting). Absolutely
Tomorrow I'm planning to ride it away from campus
|forever. :( My
co-teacher lives closer to the city so it makes better sense to
leave it there for easier viewing. She brought me some fun times
last year, but now it's time to say adieu. May she find a great new
owner who'll take better care of her than the previous one to me.
On the right is the heli pad at my school - yep, that's the kind of place where I work. My school is owned by a rich family in Turkey who are said to own half of the country. When some of them visit the campus, they arrive in style. A couple of security guards were actually around it the whole time it was parked to protect it from the
|students I guess. Security is a big thing in this country. You have to pass metal detectors to get into the malls!!! We also have to pass through security to get into our school but my motorbike is small enough to pass through the gate so I just ride on through. It's my home, right? ;)|
|Sunday March 9th, 2008|
|So we had
another games night last night. We introduced Desmond to
Settlers and we played two games. I took the first game after
stealing the longest road from Desmond right at the end and then
Scott took the second game leaving him enthroned as the current Lord
of Catan. Feeling the call back to our boyhoods, we decided to pull
out Monopoly and go all out. As you can see, Scott was a little
distraught when he landed on New York and went bankrupt. Sweet
vengeance! ;) Desmond hung in a little longer but not having any set
except for the railroads made it a little difficult for him. :)
Fuad, a Russian friend, was supposed to join us but he actually looked up the game duration time on the internet and planned his schedule around that (busy social life that boy has!). He had to leave before we even got started playing! He obviously didn't know what 'games night' meant. We'll se you next time Fuad . . . :)