Because I arrived so late in the day, we decided to wait until the following afternoon to take the 5+ hour bus ride to Ankara. This also gave Jenny time to give me a quick tour of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We also visited the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts as they had a special exhibition on 17th-19th century Anatolian Kilims (rugs).
|My first view of Istanbul~Europe and Asia|
|Crossing the Bosphorous|
|Turkish girls eating the Turkish version of an ice cream sandwich|
|Along the streets of Istanbul|
|Anatolian Kilims at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts|
|17th-19th Century Kilim (rug)|
|Women from all over the world at the church in Ankara|
This is Jenny's 4th trip to Turkey so it has been fun for her to show me around and introduce me to Turkish culture. I am so incredibly thankful to be here with her. On Sunday we visited Ankara Kalesi (Citadel) with Hassam, one of Kardelen's workers. Walking through the inner streets of the citadel gave me my first taste of the day to day life of the poor in Ankara. But despite their poverty, their were smiles to be exchanged and laughing to be heard. The views from the top of the citadel were spectacular and definitely made the climb up the steep steps much deserved.
|Turkish woman knitting purses|
|Ankara Kalesi (Citadel)|
|old residential area in the Citadel|
|Jenny and I at the top of the Citadel|
|Our first home visit in Ankara|
|Teaching feeding skills|
Yesterday we returned to the hospital and were given a tour of the rehab department. We also had the honor of meeting 2 Turkish occupational therapists and getting to hear the positive steps Turkey is making to develop the profession of occupational therapy.
|Occupational Therapists at the Ankara Rehab Hospital|
|Dawn, Jenny and Norita with Hilal, the hospital administrator|
|Occupational Therapy room at Ankara's Rehab Hospital|
Today we are off to do 2 more home visits and then tomorrow we will be providing in-services. Jenny and I would both covet your prayers that we would have great impact during our time here in Ankara.
Peace and Joy,