Got my visa, got my ticket… After dreaming about this for two years, I am going to Turkey (next month, that is).
Here is a description of the place where I will be studying, as penned by the individuals who bought the estate, lived in it, and then donated it to Georgetown University:
…we passed the house which would, seventeen years later, be our home, but we do not remember it. I can only remember the fantastic view of Alanya and the bay from the road in front of the house, the classic view of Alanya… The view from the fortress looks directly across the Mediterranean toward Cyprus, which is just beyond view, and both east and west along the southern Turkish coast. It is indeed breathtaking; today it draws tens of thousands of tourists every summer, as we know only too well, since they must pass by our house. (Life in Alanya: Turkish Delight, by George and Cecilia McGhee)
Am daydreaming about the other places I will visit while in the area… The cities, Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya… Roman ruins at Termessos, Perge, Side… Other countries, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Syria, maybe Azerbaijan…
To that end, I am toning down my blogging presence a slight bit (no more drawing, no more Language Pulsations) so I can focus on other things. Fantasizing, preparing, researching, socializing, babysitting, working, dancing… Life is busy and good.