EARLHAM COLLEGE 2011 MAY TERM
TURKEY COPPER TOUR
LED BY NATHEN JONES AND AMY BRYANT
20 May 2011 Friday, Day 09 Cappadocia
We have been hoping that the "40 afternoon rains" would be over after last night's heavy rain. The bright sun was like a good news. We even worried that Nathen's new black wool pants that he bought in Urfa will be too hot. He loved his traditional Urfa pants so much that he was going to try it any way. During the day, the black clouds started flying over Cappadocia. It first started raining then hailing. At the end of the day Nathen was very happy with his choice of trousers while all those in shorts were freezing.
Our day started with a half an hour reflections. We sat in a circle. After a long Quaker meeting like silence one by one the students started reflecting on the past one week of their visit in Turkey. Some thought language was not a barrier to communication. Some commented on how life was so relaxed here. Many the tea breaks were much appreciated. The warmth of the Turkish people was another comment that came from the reflections. At 09:30 we left the hotel for our morning site seeing. Looking at the valley from the high terrace gave every
one the motivation to make the best of their cameras. The view was
stunning. The last night's rain had cleared the dust in the air. The
wild flowers were glowing in spite of the dark clouds that started to
gather. Nathen decided that he had to try and see how comfortable it would
be to ride a camel with his new pants. Every one was in a very good mood
but we had to get going.
In Central Anatolia, the "40 Afternoon
rains" is a life savior for the farmers who do not have means of
irrigation. It rains for 40 days every day for half a day. Unfortunately
today it started pouring while we were in Uchisar. We ran to the bus.
Instantly we were soaked and felt freezing cold. Meli decided that this
might be a good time to find a roof over our heads. She called her friend
Fatma to see if she or her husband, Huseyin was at home.
After the rain and hail was finished we
headed to Goreme Monastery. Meli met Rick Steves , his old time
friend from the USA. Rick followed us through few churches. Some of the
students who knew of him, had pictures taken with Rick.
The churches were
decorated with frescoes and wall paintings depicting the Biblical stories.
We learned about the Byzantine interpretation of Jesus on the cross.
There was no sign of agony nor weakness in the images of Jesus. no thorn
crown, no blood, no sign of pain. One of the frescoes was depicting
the friendship between the Muslims and the Christians where a saint was
shaking hand with a sultan wearing a turban.
The sun was out again. there was a bright rain bow. We are going to celebrate Annie's birthday