Dec 102011
 

With the weather forecast constantly pulling our legs, it finally kept its word and snow fell on Eskişehir.

Well one does miss the snow, in the last 8 years it only snowed for 7 or so days where I live in Spain. Of course, snow can be a pain (what about England a year ago?) but its never really Christmas until it snows. And doesn´t everything look beautiful with a layer of snow?

No, I am not asking for snow every day, but for a week or snow at the end of the year would be great!

That said, this snow has already gone, but it will be back, it will. I am told that it is unusual for us to be well into December here and not have snow, well it´s not surprising, the weather is changing everywhere. However, with the temperatures still falling and another 2 months at least to go before it starts warming significantly again, I except we shall get another coat of the pretty white flakes!

Forecast

Forecast

Univerisity Entrance

Univerisity Entrance

University Train

University Train

Mountains

Snow Capped Mountains in the Distance

Faculty Snow

Snow in front of the Faculty - Invites walking on, I am not the first!

Footprint

Off to class


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 Posted by at 6:52 pm
Dec 062011
 

A stroke of luck introduced me to the Atatürk Kültür Merkezi at Anadolu Üniversitesi. Of course I have been studying there for a couple of months now, and walk past the building almost every day, but never ventured inside. However, having heard that there was a classical music concert on the same day it sounded like the right time to take a look.

What I discovered was some great talent and enjoyable music, and a spotless elegant looking building. Will definitely have to follow the calendar of events for the future! Concerts, theatre and art exhibitions are all held here I gather.

Entrance

Entrance

Inside Entrance

Inside Entrance

Inside Hall

Inside Hall

Stage

Stage

Piano 1

Playing the piano

Piano

Playing the piano

Piano

Piano

Intermission

Intermission

Balcony

Balcony

The End!

The End!

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 Posted by at 12:12 am
Nov 272011
 

For a planned outing one weekend in Eskişehir, we took some bikes from a rental shop and cycled across the town to one of the parks around the city. Unfortunately, the bikes were not the best and it would have been a good idea to take some gloves along as most of the other students did, and of course the members of the cyclist club that joined, due to the single digit temperatures! But the sun was out, and it soon warmed up enough.

The park is reasonable far from the centre, rather inconvenient for a park, and perhaps some of the greenery was suffering the onset of winter but nevertheless it was an interesting trip, as having never seen the park before it was a good opportunity to find out what it offered. And ride bikes!

Well, for anyone that doesn´t know what Turkish traffic is like, it´s an adventure in itself cycling across any part of town, rather like trying to walk through the middle of a paintball game with no reflective vest. Great fun!

After reaching the park we stopped for a little while, just to walk around and take a look. Approaching December (winter is coming!) it seems most activities are closed. In fact some work is going on to complete a fairy tale castle and a science centre.

Ok, so the park is not perfect (doesn´t match the size, central and green nature of Hyde park in London for example). But it does look like a great place to go for some fun in the warmer months. Especially for children. There are many activities around, the narrow gauge train, artificial lake with zip wires, row boats and a life sized reproduction of the Santa Maria sailing ship Columbus used when he discovered America, the fairy tale castle, many play areas, and various restaurants. Of course it still has open areas of grass for those who just want to sit down and relax for a bit.

So here some pictures from the park. Objective: Return when it is warmer and relive childhood memories pretending to be Peter Pan on the ship!

Castle

Fairy Tale castle from a bridge, approaching the park.

Edge

Edge of the park and narrow gauge railway.

Dinosaur slide

Dinosaur slide

Ship 2

Santa Maria replica

Train 3

Narrow gauge train

Train 7

Narrow gauge train

Wonderland

Wonderland?

Station

Train Station

Stop

Stop!

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 Posted by at 11:52 pm