Tomorrow morning Jeff and I are heading out the door just before 6 am to catch the bus to Fethiye. It will be a whirlwind of a weekend: we arrive in Fethiye around lunchtime, whereupon we will head to our hotel, then while away the afternoon by the pool, hopefully with a drink in hand.
We're hoping to meet up with the lovely people behind Turkey's For Life, one of my favorite expat-in-Turkey blogs, and then Sunday we're heading over to Kayakoy for a discussion/book signing with Louis de Bernieres, the author of "Birds Without Wings". (Thankfully, I have just finished it!) Sunday night we head out by bus at 11:30 and get back to Izmir around 6 in the morning.
I am looking forward to this trip, despite the crazy schedule, because it's been a rough couple of days for me and I'll be glad to get away for a little while. One of the kittens we've been taking care of for the past couple of weeks died last night. I always root for the little guys, you know, the ones who have the least chance of surviving, and it just breaks my heart when they don't make it.
I'm not sure exactly how a discussion of the Lausanne Treaty and the 1923 population exchange between Turkey and Greece will cheer me up, but I'm sure it will reorient my current state of mind.
I'll be back next week with a full report on the talk and of our first impressions of Fethiye and Kayakoy!
P.S. Also, I have not forgotten about the Aphrodisias post! It is coming! There are just so many photos! And history! And descriptions of marble! It will be posted next week.