Now that we're back
to our regularly-scheduled travel blog programming, I get to write about one of my favorite countries --Turkey.
I've written or mentioned the country a few times
before. Ok, maybe more than a few times
. In college, I traveled to the country, straddling the Middle East and Europe, and loved it there. Sure, the men could be a bit crude - but no more so than in other countries around the world, including Italy, Greece and even here in the US.
(Mary's House in Turkey)
I recently recommended visiting the country to a friend who was asking her Facebook followers where their favorite destinations were and where they hoped to go. Turkey, along with Iceland and Yellowstone, top my list. I guess I go for that very different/volcanic/other-worldly vibe.
But the culture there is pretty interesting, too. A couple ancient wonders of the world were there
, Mary (Jesus' mother) was born there and you can see her house
, the tea is great, the food is decent, the scenery and coastline are breathtaking, and the people are actually very friendly.
For those interested in learning a bit more about Turkey, I recommend visiting our local Turkish Cultural Center
. I feel like we're very lucky to have one so close.
And, as it happens, the center is hosting a film screening on May 15.
Here's a bit more info about the movie from a press release:
On Thursday, May 15th at 6:00 PM, the International Center of the Capital Region in collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Center Albany are offering a FREE public screening of the Turkish Film SELAM followed by a reception featuring Turkish cuisine. The event will take place in the auditorium of the Albany Visitors Center located at 25 Quackenbush Square in Albany with plenty of free parking.
Plot summary of the movie is as follows: This epic story is based on true events that has been in progress for more than 20 years in which a number of young people in love of peace and humanity leave their countries to teach, help and live in countries they have never heard of before. This is the story of people who live for their ideals and other people before themselves, and who leave their families, loves, friends, countries behind. They set on this pet just with the inspiration of the words which said "A couple of eyes are waiting for you here, but thousands of eyes are waiting in faraway lands." They had sacrifice and kindness in their bags, love in their hearts and a smiling Selam (greetings) in their tongues. This is indeed just three examples of the unbelievable real stories experienced by the devoted teachers all around the world.
To make a reservation or for more information, please call the International Center at (518) 708-7608.