We spent a relatively quiet evening together last night. Walking into town under a full moon and balmy air was very pleasant. We wandered around town trying to figure out which place would suit our celebration of a new year. Lots of bars were revving up with loud music and lots of booze. We passed. We also noticed lots of families running around happily. Most of the eateries were offering outdoor seating. What, do they think it's summer? We meandered back to my first choice, right on the main drag. No menu, a glass case with lots of meat waiting to be grilled. It was surprising and funny that not one person spoke any English. We struggled for awhile but went ahead and pointed to the lamb kebabs. I tried to ask what came with them but they were clueless, as were we with their responses. So, from a selection of dishes we chose spinach, potatoes and some pilaf. We were seated and out came the dishes.
I thought it was a little odd that they hadn't waited for the kebabs to be cooked. We also tried to order tea but had no luck. Communication really wasn't working tonight; we were the only non-Turkish people in the place. We dove into the food, delicious as usual, and just as we were finishing, our kebabs arrived, along with plenty of other food. They must have thought we were pigs! Lesson learned: when ordering kebabs, know that side dishes always come with it!
However, I did my best and after awhile we stood up, gathered our things and Chuck stepped up to the cash register to pay the bill, €14.40. That's when a sweet woman came up and offered tea. I said no, thank you, and she left. Just as we were about to leave, she brought us some homemade Helva. Well we couldn't walk away from that! It was as good as at the Old Greek House in Mustafapașa only warm. Mmmmmmmmmm.
We walked home, bellies full, and relaxed with 3 episodes of Dexter and were in bed by 11:29. We just couldn't stay up. But, I did wake to the sound of a volley of gunfire going off at the stroke of midnight. Interesting custom.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce