October 19, 2013

this week

its been a lazy week. due to the national (religious) holiday (kurban bayram, sacrifice festival) shops have been closed randomly. not grocery stores and restaurants but the smaller shops, and everyone is out of town visiting families etc. its the holiday where turks slaughter animals (sheep, cow and if you were really rich, a camel - but i doubt thats actually common), mostly in the backyards and alleys, but of course a well off modern turk will just pay a butcher and get the meat delivered. i am not a vegeterian but people with no butchering experience trying to cut the necks of sheep just sounds ugly to me. if animals are killed for food, the killing should be done humanely (funny word, humane, when talking about animals...). so when doctor tells me that the ER is full of men with cuts from more less failed butchering, i kind of...smile. also some were kicked and stomped on by the scared, angry animals and i dont really feel too much remorse.

while the bloodshedding sounds horrible to most westerners, "massproduction" of meat in factories as the west does, is much much worse. blood is a normal part of dying, my only concern here is that the animal suffers unnecessarily when they attempt to kill it without proper tools and skills. in europe or anywhere in the "developed" world, the animals suffer their whole lifetime. i can appreciate how the vast majority of sheep and cows have a decent life here. chicken and turkeys are mostly factory farmed however and therefor i do try to limit my chicken and turkey consumption.

the other night i had dinner and drinks with friends. we were 4; a finn, a puerto rican, a turk and an american. our american friend is always fun to introduce to new people, to have them guess his age. Mehmet, our turk, met him for the first time and guessed 35. i think i guessed 45 couple years ago. well he is 62. we ended up getting a live history lesson, this guy remembers when Kennedy was shot, Vietnam war and Woodstock and all that... its pretty cool.

Carilyn and Mehmet, I got them to pose nice. 
as we left the restaurants they offered us cherry wine shots as a thank you. 

there were pink benches and decorations on Bahariye street for breast cancer awareness day.

not very tasty looking, this. too many ingredients. but it was not bad either.

ive been working on doctor's CV now (just polishing it). for him to apply to exchange programs and stuff...  i think its an opportunity we should look into, as his hospital and program support it.

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