Teşekkür ederim

Teşekkür ederim. Thank you.

This is the first expression we learned to say when we arrived in Turkey.

 

After 2 hours at garages for a small overhaul of the truck in Izmir, to be offered Turkish coffees, joking together and ending up paying the initial price despite several additional work done.

The same evening and the following day, we redoubled "Teşekkür ederim" when, completely by chance, we found ourselves in the middle of a student festival of climbing and slackline in the mountains not far from Izmir and that we were welcomed as guests of honor!

Afterwards, we exchanged many "Teşekkür ederim" with the children and teenagers who tried to observe plants and insects through our microscope and magnifiers. Their astonished and amused eyes filled us with joy!

We also say "Teşekkür ederim" to city dwellers, shepherds, climbers, forest guards, innkeepers and mechanics who offered us tea, bread, water, smiles, advice and hospitality on their land to spend the night.

 

As you can see, Turkey is a country where there is welcome and goodwill towards the foreigner! This culture may be related to the history of this country, in which so many peoples have succeeded [1], who have sometimes clashed but who have also collaborated. Homeland too, Jewish Christians persecuted in Spain and Portugal by the Catholic Kings in 1492 to Syrians today. A rich history of which we could admire some of the famous vestiges Ephesus, Hierapolis or parts of the Lycian way.

But in this Turkish adventure, the Human is not the only one to whom we have sent our thanks.

"Teşekkür ederim" to this wild Nature of the southwest peninsulas that let themselves be explored by kayak. Their turquoise waters punctuated by a multitude of islands, kingdoms of seabirds.

"Teşekkür ederim" at these majestic Taurus mountains, culminating at 3750 m, at the foot of which extend impressive canyons in which we ventured.

"Teşekkür ederim" to these amazing geological structures, made of vases of brilliant whiteness filled with milky blue water in Pamukkale, or famous fairy chimneys dug with tortuous galleries in Cappadocia.

 

[1] Hittites, Assyrians, Urartens, Phrygians, Lycians, Lydians, Persians, Hellenists, Seleucids, Armenians, Romans, Byzantines, Greeks, Sassanids, Seljukids, Mongols and Ottomans (and we may have forgetten some!)

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