26 October 2009
Mehmet: Please come in. Have a tea with me.
Jan: Thank you. I was just admiring your carpets. I am thinking: Tea sounds good. I am tired wandering around the cobbled streets of this hilly old town. Actually, Antalya is quite lovely, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Mehmet: Are you interested in hand woven carpets?
Jan: Yes. But I am not considering buying one now. Stay strong, Jan. This guy's a Turkish carpet salesman.
Mehmet: Please let me show you a few. Do you prefer hot tea?
Jan: Yes. It's chilly and I'm a bit wet from the rain. My water absorbent Old Navy jacket is not helping at all.
Mehmet: Since it's now the end of the season, I can give you a special price and ship the carpets at no additional cost.
Jan: Thank you Mehmet. Your carpets are beautiful. Please let me think about it. They really are. I am tempted, but....
Mehmet. Perhaps you will come back after lunch?
Jan: I was thinking about visiting the mountain ruins of Termessos this afternoon. Do you know a reliable driver? Jan deftly changes the subject to the Termessians, a Pisidian people who were fierce warriors. They fought off Alexander in 330 BCE. The Romans accepted Termessos as an independent ally in 70 BCE.
Mehmet: I will call Nezi. He is known as "the doctor." But Jan, I recommend that you visit Termessos tomorrow morning. It will rain this afternoon. You will be miserable walking in the rain on the mountain.