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July 11th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
I woke up in the morning like a kid at Christmas. We left a lira in a plastic bag hanging on our doorknob overnight. As if by magic, a warm loaf of crusty bread appeared in the bag, and the lira disappeared. Santa never left me such a tasty treat!
After enjoying some bread, I went out searching for food and water. I came back with some fresh fruit, in shock about the prices. Pretty spendy when compared to Eastern Turkey. I mean, crazy expensive. $3.00 for a cup of tea? It’s 80 cents in Gaziantep. Maybe it’s just our neighborhood.
We spent the morning enjoying our sunny home, doing loads of laundry, and searching online for a nearby supermarket.
Migros was a disappointment. Wilted vegetables, and sparse dry goods. No peanut butter! We stocked up as best we could and took a cab back to the apartment. Then I went back out to spend another $20 at the fruit stand. He just made up the price on the fly, and I am sure I got a penalty for not being local, despite the fact I am doing pretty well with my Turkish. (I know about four words :^)
After a day spent on the mundane, we got the shopping bug. The largest mall in Europe is not too far from our apartment. I set off with no small goal: to replace everything in my backpack! I am so sick of my clothes and shoes.
The mall was not as large as I had expected, and it was really full of shoppers excitedly digging through the many sale bins. I wasn’t able to get through my shopping list, but I did find three tops (about $8 each -- all on sale!). Steve found some pants and one top... look for his new white polo in upcoming photos. Frankly I will be delighted to see him in something other than that green shirt!
We had dinner at the mall -- a salad for me and a quesadilla for Steve (about $18 including water), then we went shopping at the big, new Migros supermarket located there. Much better than our neighborhood store. Peanut butter was $8. Dang!
It was 10:30 by the time we got home. Our day of domestic endeavors has ended, and tomorrow we will be tourists again.
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