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!