|This was a monastery!|
We went off the tourist path to the big city of Kayseri about an hour down the road. Kayseri is the ancient city of Ceasarea Marza, the home of Saint Basil the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church. Though the city is now a bustling, busy city, Dan hoped that a pilgrimage there would lead us to find something associated Saint Basil and his life there. We visited a humble archeological museum and then wandered the town a bit. We eventually got a little lost and were found by a friendly Turkish college student who offered to show us around so he could practice his English. We soon found that our new friend had alterior motives when he lead us to his "friend's" carpet shop and they started their sales routine. Annoyed that we had fallen for his trick and unwilling to buy a $700 dollar carpet, we told them "no". And after about 300 "no's" later, they finally let us go. We decided that this day ended up being devoted to our "Turkish street smarts education" and vowed that we would never fall for these tricks again.
After our adventures in Kayseri, we started our drive home. Soon, we saw big, puffy snowflakes drifting from the sky! We were thrilled! We have missed snow while being in this tropical climate. Soon, the light, puffy snowfall turned into an intense mountain blizzard and our initial elation transformed into nervousness. Nightfall came early and we found ourselves driving through the mountains in a white-out blizzard at night. We realized that in Turkey, you cannot just stop at a Holiday Inn off of the interstate (there was not a hotel to be found in the little mountain villages), so we slowly and carefully trudged through the snow. There was even lightning in this snow storm! It was the worst blizzard that Dan and I have ever experienced. It took us 7 hours and lots of prayers to make it home that night. As I mentioned in my earlier post, this February has been an unforgettable month. And after an ambulance ride, a hospital stay, and driving through a crazy mountain blizzard, I'm hoping for a calmer, low key month of March.
|This is when the blizzard first started. It was so cold and WINDY!|
I had to hold on to the door so I wouldn't blow away!