In March, at the Society of American Mosaic Artists conference in Chicago, I happened to sit at a table with one other person. He introduced himself as Suha Semerci from Istanbul, and we muddled through polite conversation in very simple words because he was just learning English. During the rest of the conference, we touched bases occasionally, and we have kept in touch by email and facebook over the past 6 months.
Mike and I have planned a trip to Istanbul, in detail, in the past, but we never saved enough money to go. We finally scraped together a small chunk, along with two no-interest credit card offers, and we are going for it. I was very excited to have a personal contact in Istanbul, and Suha has been very generous about offering suggestions and looking for information to help us plan. But more connections keep developing, and it looks like I will have a busy social calendar while I'm there. At every turn, something else falls into place, and it promises to be a very rich experience.
|Here's Suha at work.|
|We'll stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia, among the "fairy chimneys."|