This is the last day of 2015, but according to my students it is “Christmas.” I’ve tried to explain to them that many other countries celebrate Christmas on December 25, but I don’t think they are convince. It snowed a bit yesterday, but overnight the snow began to stick. It’s beautiful out there and what makes it more so is that I don’t have to work!
First I walked my neighborhood of Sirinevler–slick and slippery! No salt or snow shovels. When the temperature drops tonight this will really be a mess. My students tell me that we get about one snowfall a year here. It snowed the week before I came to Istanbul, so I missed last year’s. I bought a hat and gloves in Saigon before I came. I’ve been saving them just for this purpose.
Then I took public transportation to Beyazit Square, Istanbul University and a hike to the Suleyman Mosque.
Finally, I went to the center of the old city, which is also the tourist district: Sultanahmet Square.
And finally, Happy, Happy New Year to all. The weather looks like it might get bad, so I’ll probably stay home. Hope this is your best year yet!
I’m behind on posting, but it comes down to two things: I’m working far more hours than I want & I’m ready to move on. I have a couple very difficult, overcrowded classes at the moment and there’s no support from the school staff. They haven’t bothered to put out a schedule for two weeks, they don’t communicate and only last night confirmed that we have New Year’s Day off of work. I have lost patience with the situation.
But I do have some good news to report:
The last teacher to finish a contract did, eventually, get her end-of-contract bonus, just hours before she left the country. It was days late and paid in Turkish Lira, rather than US dollars as promised by the contract. The bonus is substantial, so it’s very important to be that mine is paid when I leave. I have a reliable but unconfirmed report that a teacher at another branch did not get his.
The other news is that I have some wonderful adventures planned for 2016:
a week in Athens, Greece.
a week visiting two dear friends in Edinburgh, Scotland.
a month on a work-for-stay farm somewhere in Europe.