Some things in Erzurum are delightful.

The construction workers on campus always bring little stoves to work. The stoves look like a drain pipe with a cage on the bottom and a flat griddle on top. They prop them up next to the work sites, feed them with small chunks of wood, and make tea all throughout the day. When the carpenters and electricians and plumbers take their smoke breaks, they all stand around the stove in a tight circle, many of them arm in arm or holding hands, as they try to feed more bits of wood into the smoldering cage. Its beautiful.

My students brought me a wooden carving of a Sivas kangal dog. The Kangal dogs are some of the largest in the world. They are used for hunting, shepherding, and as guards for livestock and people. My carving fits on my desk, which awesomely, the real dog would not.


My students made up a story in class yesterday to practice frequency and time expressions. Each student in the circle had to add one sentence to the story. It went something like this “One day, a dog was walking in the snow. Suddenly, he died. Then, he became alive again. Always he was a happy and excited dog. Today, he is Rachael Teacher’s dog. This morning, he bit her. Rachael Teacher is always nice and kind and funny. Usually, she is pretty. Seldom is she mean to us. Today, Rachael died because her dog bit her. Now she is a zombie. Still, she is a pretty zombie.” Bravo Turkey.