4.05.2011

Part Two: Izmir

Now when I think of this city, so many thoughts flood my mind. It is not a city in a far away land, but a place I actually tried to reside in for a small time. I had placed a lot of dreams and fantasies here, but instead was greeted with reality, sometimes an unwelcome but necessary acquaintance.

I learned so much about myself in Izmir, and for that I am grateful.

The photo tour:

Clockwise from top left: Sitting by the Aegean Sea; The famed clock-tower in the center of Izmir; Efes, the beer of Turkey; Turkish friends that I met through couchsurfing.


The Turkish flag, EVERYWHERE. I love it.

A park in the middle of the city.

Proof that I am a Turkish Gangstaaaaa.

Some picture proof of the crowdedness of the city. Perfectly fine for some, smothering for me.

A Michael Jackson bar & restaurant. I WAS IN HEAVEN!

A very intense warning on a cigarette pack. haha!

Turkish motto: If you ain't gotta place to park, use the sidewalk. :D

Top: Kordon, the wavy walkway by the sea. Middle: My couchsurfing roommate's kitty. Bottom: An AWESOME puppet show we attended. One of the best performances I have ever seen.

And so my Izmir post comes to an end. There's not much more to say, other than it's been real!

**Listening to "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley.

"Oh the bells in the church tower chime, burning clues into this heart of mine."

12 comments:

  1. Hah, Turkey reminds me quite a bit of Mexico, with the crowds and the parking on the sidewalk thing. Intense. But I'm glad you're posting pictures!

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  2. How did you do that thing with your pictures? That's what I was trying to do in my last blog...

    PS... awesome.

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  3. AWESOME, Ashley!!! There are so many comments and/or questions I could leave... so I'll just pick one:
    The puppent show -- did you understand what they were saying?? That would have to be one awesome puppet show for you to like it that much despite not understanding a word!

    D.

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  4. You know what...it was a puppet show exhibition. It had many performers from around the world. While there were a lot of Turkish performers, I caught a Spanish performer who talked in English. Lucky for me!

    I was in awe at how life-like the puppets were. And every act was BEAUTIFUL. Some were hilarious. This guy was VERY VERY talented. I'll try to find his name, pretty sure he's a puppet legend or something!!

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  5. Hello Turkey! But I couldn't take my eyes off that hello kitty lighter! LOLs

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  6. I know!!! They're truly gorgeous!!! If only they were not so expensive!! I can afford now buying one of those gorgeous pieces thanks to my Asos gift voucher, but I love them all so much that I don't know which one to choose!! Thanks for your recommendation!! It's really nice for me to know your opinion! It will help me decide! ;-))

    http://myownstrangelittle-world.blogspot.com

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  7. SOME FACTS:

    That Turkish motto about parking is valid in every Mediterranean cities in Europe but ...uh huh stereotyping is not good. I should say that I NEVER EVER use the sidewalks for parking!

    I also wait if it's red light.- You are very Turkish in that though haha

    You should have worn your Fenerbahce jersey to be a complete snobbish Turkish gangstaaa, Ashley. (A kasar Galatasaray fan is saying this)

    P.S. You were supposed to have a Turkish muscle before you left the country. Ha!

    I was expecting you to post some Cesme pictures here as well.

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  8. I'm now intimidated by your gangsterness, true story. but i'm reading an autobiography of an LA gang member, so I'm getting a few pointers!

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  9. Canada also has those intense cigarette warnings.

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