My new family in Guneysu =)
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May 29th, 2009 – by: jenn79
Just yesterday, the school manager had come to the hospital to see me in the ER. I was surprised but felt really happy. The people I've met in Rize are literally some of the most caring I've ever come across in my life. I don't know if it's because it's a small town and they have nothing better to do or if they're just genuinely that sincere and kind. I think it's a bit of both but I appreciate the circumstances with my whole heart.
This evening while I was still resting in bed, I hear a knock on the door and both Vera and Irene come in saying "are you decent? you have a visitor!" The same man comes in and Vera translates for me that he is inviting us over to his house for dinner and that he would really like me to attend. I think we're all supposed to sleep over but I tell him I would love to come visit his family but I have to go home fairly soon because I am still ill. He says of course and that he's really happy and his wife and Mohammed really want to see me. It's similar language to what Adel and Hicham used to say to me regarding their sisters or grandparents, so I would find myself in Bimbo frequently. I find it very hard to turn down family members, especially the very old and very young, when my presence is specifically asked for.
So I get dressed and off we go to Guneysu. The manager drives us himself and speeds along the curves of road to his house which is at the top of one of the many hills of tea in this area. I get the absolute warmest greeting from his family and he says that they all knew I was sick so were really happy to see me. I truly believe they thought they could cure me through sheer good will. It's a sweet and frightening thing at the same time as they practically force fed me things that were definitely not good for my fragile stomach. Once again, reminding me of things that Adel and Hicham would do when I was ill in Africa.
When I'm around great people my adrenaline kicks in and good energy just starts to flow.
We had the opportunity to ask a "turkish family" questions, and for the first time we weren't around 10 year olds or 50 year olds. I asked the young men of the family what they do for fun in their free time. Apparently in Trabzon, where the airport is, there are bars and clubs and restaurants if they want to go out.
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