Speaking of the mall…

I’m so confused. I mainly went to the mall hoping to find some clothes that would be appropriate to wear off base – long skirts, capris, loose shirts, etc. The women at the mall were, as usual, dressed conservatively. However, the stores carried only western style clothing – short skirts and shorts, tank tops, bikinis, etc! Who is buying all this clothing and where are Turkish women buying the clothes they actually wear?? I’ve heard two answers: markets and making by hand. Anyway, I’ve gone twice and no luck.

I do admire the conservative dress here, I just don’t understand the mall phenomenon. Turkish women are beautiful and so is their clothing – especially the scarves they wear on their heads. American women buy them (pashminas) just because they’re so pretty, then we’re not sure what to do with them. 🙂

Some of the women here cover and some don’t. These pictures kind of cover the most to least conservative I see. I haven’t seen the full burkas like in Afghanistan, which actually was kind of upsetting to me. I’m sure different areas of Turkey may be more or less conservative than Adana. Most conservative:
Least conservative (long pants and shoulders covered):
Anyway, not much else to report. Tom and I have been super sick. Even Lucy seems sick. Evan seems fine, but he did take a 4-hour nap the other day. He woke up really happy!


Living in a Foreign Country – Phase II


I call Phase I survival.  You’re just getting by with what you have and figuring out what just happened.  And what to do now.  We’ve moved into phase II now – thriving?  accumulating?  I basically gave up on waiting for any of our household goods.  Washing the same 2 dishes and 2 forks for 5 weeks was about to drive me insane.  Also, I’ve finally figured out where to shop – you can get almost anything for an insanely cheap price here!  On base there is a thrift shop and a virtual “yard sale” page.  There are markets of base, and we found the mall in Adana:
It’s right next to the Adana mosque.  How beautiful is that?!?  Sorry for the poor image quality.  I was trying to drive/survive in a Turkish traffic circle.  Side note: I’ve yet to see another woman driving in Turkey.  I’m sure some do but it’s obviously very rare.  One of the ambulance drivers told me that by law women have to drive with their hazards on.  I’m hoping he’s wrong or kidding!
ANYWAY, Some of my purchases this week include this set of stoneware for $5:
This set of silverware for $1
Plus towels, bath mats, toys, books, oven mitts, pillow cases, and cooking utensils for literally pennies.  Why did I wait?!  Actually, I just didn’t really know where/how/when to go until now.  I’m feeling so much happier here now!  I don’t think it’s just the difficulty of living out of the suitcase that was getting to me, but the feeling of HOME vs. HOTEL.  

I’m not the only one feeling good here.  Actually Lucy has been loving it since day one.  Her big hobby is laying in the sun and getting so sleepy she can’t keep her eyes open: