This came in handy, as shortly thereafter we were mobbed by a dozen young boys who would be our friends for the afternoon. Twelve-year old Mahmut somehow had a Turkish/ English phrasebook with him, so we swapped phrases such as, "I hope you have a safe journey" and "How many children do you have?"
|little mahmut in the white shirt next to dave|
|"fish lake" at dusk|
|entrance to ibrahim's/ abraham's cave|
It blew my mind to think that Abraham was born here, oh, plus or minus 4,000 years ago. And this city has been continuously inhabited for nearly 6,000 years! Even the historical Buddha was born "only" 2,500 years ago. Such history! And how lucky I am to have visited so many sacred places this year. Too bad Christians, Muslims, and Jews seem to forget that they are all children of Abraham...
|other tourists at the top|
|women in typical urfa dress|
|this picture destroys any chance at holding public office in the united states.|
(i'm not sure i'm disappointed.)
but isn't it a pretty color?