Paris! Anniversary! Wine! Cheese! Until I come back, more guest posts on what other people have to say about their favorite thing about Turkey. Today's post is from Wendi.Living in Turkey has presented incredible opportunities. It has coupled with it unique challenges. There are many things I wish were different. There are a variety of things I miss about my “home” in the USA. I complain. I reflect. But one thing that I know I will always be able to look back on and be thankful for is the opportunity to see history up close and personal.
In 2010 my husband and I moved to the Adana area of Turkey. We have spent the year that follows attempting to take in as much of the past that this country can offer us. Living in the USA, you can't get more than a few hundred years old. Here in Turkey, a few hundred years old is usually your baseline.
A few highlights:
- Ephesus: In the Roman period, it was the second largest city of the Roman Empire, ranking only behind Rome! Ruins from Ephesus date back to the 1st century BC. What an opportunity. What history.
- Cappadocia: Can actually be traced back to the 6th century BC and is located in central Turkey. Cappadocia contains several underground cities used by early Christians as hiding places. The entire region is filled with fairy chimneys and houses were carved from these formations.
- Istanbul: It is hard to believe that I live in a country that boasts a city that served as the capital of the Roman Empire from 330-395. The history of this city dates back to around 660BC.
If you are a Bible reader, you will be amazed at how vividly the pages of the Bible will come alive to you in this country. We were able to see the place that Mary spent the last days of her life. We have been able to run on the shores of the Mediterranean. We have climbed castles that were built before Christopher Columbus ever sailed the ocean blue.
All because we had the great opportunity to spend a few years living in Turkey.
About the Author: Wendi and her husband JB have lived in Adana, Turkey since the summer of 2010 with their 2.5 children and dog. A retired English teacher by trade, she has spent the last six years editing and writing from home while taking care of their growing family. You can visit her life at Life in The ...