Hello Lotus-eaters, We shall stay
Trip Start Mar 07, 2010
48Trip End Aug 01, 2012
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Where I stayed
It has become a little slice of heaven that we can't believe is ours. Our flat is around the corner from three or four great supermarkets. We have places to swim scattered all around us. We have our choice of restaurants. Buses going to anywhere else in the city go right by our door.
While all of these things are amazing there is one fact that sticks out above all else: It’s ours. Five years of marriage and the closest we have come to having our own space was living down the hall from our employer. We have lived with my Mom. We have lived with our boss. We have lived with 100 screaming children above our heads and knocking on the door yelling, "Sara, Stephen we love you!" as they go to dinner. Now we have a three bedroom flat with a bathtub and two tables to eat at
Our jobs will be hard when we start them in September but this is one thing that will be different. We found many fun things scattered around the neighbourhood. There is an amazing park overlooking the water and the mountains just a short distance from us. There are also little places to swim. No beaches unfortunatly, well not sand beaches. Mostly they are rocks with a latter going into the water, but the water is amazing! We also heard that in August the water is very warm but there are springs the shoot cold water in some places.
The little things. That's what Steve and I live for. There were a lot of little things that we experieced in our almost two weeks in Antalya but one of my favourites is this - dinner with desert and a drink all home made. We had chicken marinated in a tomato basil sauce with stewed tomates over a pilaf of white rice. Along with that was homemade lemonade - tart and sour the way we like it. And for desert - chocolate chip cookie dough. Chocolate chip cookie dough. not so special, you may say, Why would any of this be special. It was the process I had to go through. First off they don't use brown sugar or vanilla as we know if. They call raw sugar brown sugar and that wasn't going to be of any use to me. After doing some research I found out that I could use vanilla sugar (evidently a popular ingrediant in Europe, not so much in the States) instead of vanilla. Then I could also use white sugar and molasses in place of brown sugar.
How were they? A little different, The molasses was grape molasses so it has a little differnet flavour, but still...yum yum (Which, tidbit of information, mean cannibal in Turkish).
It was hard to leave there, but we know that we are going back...we have a lease :)