Finally on our way to Alanya (that came out slightly presumptuous and ungrateful, let’s be honest, I’ve absolutely loved this study tour so far) we made a quick stop to the gorgeous, ancient city of Aphrodisias. During the 6th century A.D. this site marked the flourishing Greek and Roman empires, which were situated along the Meander River. We trekked (and by that I mean we crowded into a tractor trailer) to the ancient ruins, only 20% of which have currently been excavated. There, we marveled at the coarse marble amphitheaters, viscerally beautiful Ionic columns, as well as the broad roads connecting the entire city.
Lucky for me, there was a local community of cats—complete with at least a dozen kittens—so I spent a decent amount of my time attempting to woo them. Nese cheated—meaning she purchased four sandwiches—and so she proceeded to throw chunks of bread at them in order to earn their unequivocal affection. Regardless, I had the opportunity to cradle a few of them in my arms, so obviously my day was made. We embarked on our trek to Alanya, made a brief stop to a colloquial town in order to view its textile production facilities, and then spent the rest of the evening riding on the highway. As I write this post while aboard the bus, I am optimistic about the new place that I will make my home for the next few months—someone told me that our apartment overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, so that should be a glamorous break from the construction noise that usually occupies the space outside of my apartment at Georgetown.
If you’ve been reading my blog since its beginning—if so, kudos to you, let me know—you’ll notice that my posts have become progressively shorter and shorter. As I begin to settle into a new city, with a new social climate, amidst academics, I will likely have less time to blog mindlessly and snap artsy photos. What I’m getting at is that my posts will be less frequent, but hopefully a little more adventurous (also, probably a little sassier too). On that note, I’ll aim to post once a week in order to confirm to all of my friends and family that I am still alive.