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Philosophy at the Kahramanmaras post office

by • 15 January, 2014 • Blog-en @enComments (0)4523

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What is the future?

This is what the Turkish postman asked us with the help of Google translate. It is a really good question, to which I had no answer, nor did I know what he wanted to say. But let me explain how we got here.

It’s getting cold, so we asked Goiznabar to get us some nice warm socks and softshells. He did get them and he sent them to the post office of Kahramanmaras, were the parcel should have arrived last week.

As you can imagine it was not there, but the story doesn’t end there. Nobody knows where the parcel is. Spanish post says it left Spain, Turkish one that it’s not in their country, so what did we do? We went to post office 4 days in a row.

Of course nobody spoke English, but one of them had an Iphone with internet connection, so we half communicated with our 20 words of Turkish and online translators. Of course we didn’t really understand each other, but I think the conversations were quite entertaining.

 

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As we had to wait so long for a parcel that never arrived, but we hope to get it later on in another town, we had the chance of exploring Kahramanmaras.

 

At the beginning it seemed another chaotic normal town, but it turned out to be one of the nicest Turkish towns I’ve been to.

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There is an old castle on top of a hill right in the center of the town, and is an oasis, in that noisy city. Up there is really calm with lots of benches to relax. I spent some ours there reading and talking to Ali, the curious keeper of the park.

This is not only a city to relax and wait, there are cultural things too. Well … at least one! Here you can find, in my opinion, the best archeological museum in Turkey. It’s true that it doesn’t have that many things, but that’s what makes is so great. It’s really well put and all the explanations are in English.

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It teaches you every age and civilization in the Anatolian peninsula in a concise way, and not having too much info, you actually can read everything and remember it. I think I’ve learnt more here, than in the Anatolian civilization museum in Ankara.

 

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I know that this town is a bit out of the way and of course out of the touristic routes, but if you have the time, it really deserves a day or two!

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