Tomorrow we will begin a 10-day otobüs odyssey that will take us east to Tarsus, Urfa (a.k.a. Sanlıurfa), Harran, Antakya (a.k.a. Hatay), Aleppo, and Damascus. I am exhausted from schoolwork and a wee bit disappointed to be leaving Alanya, where I have developed a cozy community of local friends, but am nonetheless super eager to see eastern Turkey and Syria and share it with you later (Internet access will be limited/nonexistent). Take care and have a lovely couple of weeks.