Sunday, November 2, 2008

Great Weekend

This weekend was one of the better weekends we've had here in Ankara.

We started the weekend on Friday night with the aforementioned pub quiz.

My introduction to pub quiz began in 2001 in Madrid, Spain.

The international teachers and I use to form teams of 3 or 4 people and head to the pub to compete in rounds of trivia questions.

I became so involved the pub actually hired me on to be the quizmaster and conduct the pub quizzes.
I think at that point in my life my contract stated I would be paid in beer, and I'm pretty sure I was fine with that. 

Pub quiz costs about $4 a person and the winning team gets all the winnings in the end.

There is usually 5 or so rounds and the team with the most points at the end of all rounds is declared the winner.

This Turkey pub quiz was special for a few reasons:

1.  It's the first Friday night Chris and I have been out in a social context since 1994.

2.  The director of the school and his wife came out to play as well

3.  The participants were 50% international teachers and 50% Turkish teachers

Turkish teachers love to have a good time and Friday night was no exception.

We drank pints and answered questions in the categories of general knowledge, Turkey, sports, music and Halloween.

Our favorite question was "St. Nick, Santa Claus, was born where in Turkey?"
Before Chris and I even had a chance to start laughing, our Turkish partner Zeynep had already scribbled the answer on our paper.  
Santa in Turkey?!  What?!

We came in second so we didn't win any money but we did dance and laugh and cut loose.

Saturday Chris and I did the "I love you but now I'm going to go watch Sex and the City while you play video games and I'll see you in a few hours" thing.

We wrote our first mid-term and were otherwise lazy bums.

Today we accepted an invitation to have brunch at our principals house.  I teach with the principals wife and both are great people so we were really looking forward to spending time with them.

As we started walking down the hill we realized that we hadn't been to their house since our second day in Turkey when we were still VERY jet-lagged.
"Do you know which building it is?"
"I thought you knew."

We stared at each other trying to figure out what to do, watched the leaves fall off the trees, then flipped a coin and chose Building K.  

We walked to the top of the stairs, knocked on the door, and our director opened it!
He asked us if we realized trick-or-treating was over.

We said good morning and told him that we were confused and trying to find the Kellers.

He asked us if we were just getting back from the pub.

We finally found the Kellers and enjoyed the most wonderful brunch and company.
Lara made baked apples, granola, coffee cake, egg fritatta, french-press coffee...we were in heaven.

We had only planned on staying an hour or so but ended up being there for 3.5 hours!

Lots of talking and lots of laughing.

I think we needed the laughter.

It made for a good Turkey weekend.

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