Tammy Checks In From Turkey

March 4, 2008
Well, first I have to say that this is not my first year playing over here in Istanbul, Turkey. One of the reasons I came back was because I just love it over here. From the food to the scenery, Istanbul is a great city with a lot to do and see. The Blue Mosque, The Haiga Sofia, Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar, all are a must do if you ever visit. Speaking of the Grand Bazaar, just going there is an experience in itself. It is one of the most interesting and authentic places in Istanbul and you are guaranteed to be hassled by the workers.

But the Bazaar has everything, I mean you can just go and buy weapons in an open market; you want a rug they have those too. Fur coats, jewelries, fabrics, whatever you desire you will find at the Bazaar. Although they have a number of things at the Bazaar, somehow I still find myself venturing to one of the malls out here when I get some free time. The fact that they just opened up the biggest mall in Europe over here a few months ago is not good for my credit card. LOL

So I thought I got rid of Ebony after the WNBA season was finished, but that is so not the case. Now I'm stuck with her AGAIN. LOL.... On the real side, Iím glad she is here, it is always good to surround yourself with good people and E is just that. Plus, she keeps things entertaining; as I'm sure many of you already know. E, as I call her, has been nothing but laughs.

Communicating in another country is always going to be difficult if you don't know the language, and being that it is Eís first time here; things are going to be challenging. Even myself having played here last season, I still have difficulty explaining myself at times. With that being said, whenever you see her this summer, ask her about the time she ordered apple tea for the first time. You are guaranteed to get a chuckle out of her. Without giving away anything let's just say instead of tea, three thin slices of an apple were brought to the table.

We were in practice talking about strategy for a game recently and all of a sudden coach is talking about pumpkins. How random is that? "You have to try to touch the pumpkin.Ē Well that is the translation we got, LOL. We all busted out laughing. Our coach is funny, but when it comes to basketball he is smart and knows the game. I can honestly say that he is the best coach I have played for overseas.

The fans over here are crazy and youíve got to love them. They are diehard fans who every once in awhile get into a brawl in the stands. But I do miss the fans in Indy. Having played in Charlotte against Indy for six years and coming to here last season, the fans here have been nothing but supportive.

So now you get a little taste of Istanbul and how we are living over here. I think the only thing I'd change about my experience here right now is the fact that last year I lived right by the water and this year I donít. :( But I am at least glad I have an elevator in my building and I don't have to walk five flights of stairs. :)

Till I write again, hope everyone is doing well, and I'll see all you Fever fans real soon. TSB