Kurban Bayrami in Turkey Turkey Turkey, Aksaray   23:08

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emineechan, 7 November 2010
Turkey Turkey , Aksaray 20°

Day 1 and 2

Yesterday I left to Turkey. We left very early in the morning, and arrived on time in Dsseldorf. During the baggage check, we had 5 kilos excess baggage. I already knew this before, but I had a lot of gifts for my nephews and nieces. I really wanted to take those gifts with me. There was a woman at the baggage check. She was in the beginning very arrogant and treated me like I was retarded. I understand German well, but I can not speak German. She thought I was a Turk who can not speak German and not educated. As soon as I began to speak English fluently, she changed the way of speaking. She treated me differently and suddenly was no more arrogant. Eventually we didn't need to pay for the extra pounds we had. 2 years back I went to a lecture of Tariq Ramadan. He indicated that the key to integration began with the 3 L, language, law and l'attitude. Also he said that knowing multiple languages gave freedom. It really is true. The more languages you can speak, the more you can achieve.

Anyway, our flight was scheduled at 13.10. Once we were in the plane we were told that there would be a delay of 1 hour and 10 minutes because of circumstances. This meant that we had to sit and wait 1 hour and 10 minutes in the plane, which for me was a nightmare because I can not sit still for too long. I was a bit frustrated. Fortunately we left after 40 minutes and soon we were in the air above the white clouds.

I sat next to the window as always. I could see everything. I had a good look at the sunset. It was really a beautiful view. The horizon was stained in 4 different colors, red, yellow, blue and a little bit green. Unfortunately I didn't had my camera at hand and I could not take pictures with my phone. It was really wonderful to see. For the first time in my life I saw the sunset so clearly. After the sun was gone everywhere gradually became darker and you could see the lights of the city very well. It seemed like crystals were placed on the earth. During my flight I've had very nice views.

After we landed, my uncle picked us up at the airport in Ankara. Once I've walked out the doors of the airport there was an old, familiar scent to me. The smell of Turkey, the smell that I had not smelled for 3.5 years. When we were in the car, we were very cozy. The journey from Ankara to Aksaray has lasted 3 hours. When we arrived I saw my aunt and cousins are already on the balcony waiting for us. I was in Turkey.

It was already 10 o'clock when we arrived in Aksaray. We got together untill 3 o'clock in the morning, chatted with Turkish tea and delicious Turkish pastries. I normally hate Turkish tea, but yesterday it was so nice to be with my family enjoying a cup of tea.
Around 3 o'clock we went to sleep. I could finally put my pajamas on and relax. I soon fell asleep with a familiar scent around me. Around 5 o'clock I heard the Azaan, the call for the prayer. I was half awake and did not realize that the Azaan was called. I was soon up and sat on my bed. Out of respect, I sit and I wait until the Azaan was over. At first I thought I was dreaming about the Azaan, but soon I realized that I was in Turkey. It was a great feeling to hear the Azaan live again after 3.5 years. The feeling I had after I had heard the Azaan again, is simply indescribable. I enjoyed every moment, even though I was woken up just as I was sleeping.

At 9 o'clock one of my niece woke me up. She went back and forth to change her clothes, thats why I woke up. I found it surprising that I did not mind to be awakened. Me and my cousin went together to prepare the breakfast. We went all together for delicious breakfast.

After breakfast we went to my grandmother with my mother and my uncle. It was so nice to see her again after 3.5 years. I am so happy and grateful that I got to see her again. She is already 85 years old and has heart problems, so I was afraid that I couldnt see her anymore.

We've persuaded my grandmother to come along to my uncle, where we are staying. On the way home we stopped at the cemetery here in Aksaray and visited the grave of my grandfather. The cemetery of Aksaray is one of the oldest and largest in Turkey with many old gravestones.

Once we were at home, we had a delicious dinner with my family and now I'm with my niece in a room, enjoying a nice cup of tea.

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