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Fred and Carol Moore

2003-2014 by Author

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Just a few notes to let everyone know that Carol and I are still kicking.

I've been sending emails for near six months - was thinking there was no way to get in touch now.  Finally got the email address of George Durman the new website manager.  Jan and I used to email regularly.

I haven't been submitting lately because we're stateside and the places we visit now are so mundane mostly - it's hard to get excited about 150 years when we've been traveling through 10,000 year-old civilization and 2,000 year old ruins!

I enjoy writing, however, and Turkey made that so very easy; was great fun.

We still have very close friends in Ankara and Adana, and Skype with them as often as we can make connections.

I continue to visit the web pages to keep up - glad to see that Jan got someone to continue with the website.

We used to go to Samsun for our anniversaries when we lived in Ankara - in the 90's we were in Samsun for the Russian bazaars on the pier.  The Soviet Union was breaking up and we could buy lots of Russian trade goods for next to nothing - I have an extensive set of cast metal cars and trucks that are very detailed.



My Life in Exile:  Yes, I truly feel out of place in my own country:

This is not meant to be a derogatory submission but a reality update; it's been sometime since I wrote a line for our Turkish pages and we still desperately miss the people and the country we grew to love and appreciate.  Fourteen years of calling Turkey home isn't easy to forget, let alone ignore.

Living in a country of such meager history (the USA) even when it's your own, after living in a country with history going back some 10,000 years plus, is difficult for the native American to understand.  People continue to find our love of Turkey and its people hard to fathom; "Why?" they say, and we go on to explain the caring of the general population, the fantastic food, and the historical significance of the country and its location.

We continue to travel here, in the state of Georgia, and the surrounding states, but find 100 years of history or even 200 years to be less enticing.  History here is no less significant but it's far different and less dramatic in most cases.  We don't have Roman ruins or the magnitude of Neolithic ruins being unearthed in the states.  It's a shame but many times the historic is demolished to make room for the ultra modern because money for restoration or preservation doesn't materialize or exist, how sad.

Although we're in touch with Turkish friends through email and Skype it difficult to loosen our grip on our lost reality.  My job does not allow ample time off for a trip to Turkey; five days is simply not adequate, since the trip back is 12 to 14 hours and the time change is 7 hours.  By the time we acclimated to the time change it would be time to return stateside - tough but true.  So, we've been back in the States now over 2 and a half years and it seems a lifetime.

I read two English language Turkish newspapers online every morning to keep up on the latest developments in the country.  I'm saddened by the politics, but look at my own country and know politicians are who they are!  I was looking forward to seeing Turkey become a major force for positive influence in the Middle East, but now it appears to be waning; so depressing.

Enthusiastic and most empathetic Turkaphile - Fred Moore


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