Turkey with all the Fixins’
That's how you say hello in Turkish and that is one of the few words I've learned since I've been in Istanbul.
I have to say that Istanbul is an amazing city. Did you know that it is the only city in the world that is on two continents? Yep, thats right - Istanbul is on both Europe and Asia.
I've been here for two months now and I'm enjoying every second of it. I have learned so much since I've been here. I've learned about myself, about the amazing country I'm in, and I've learned to see the game of basketball from a different pair of eyes.
Let's see, what do I tell the best city of all about...yes, I'm talking about you New York! Well here is a little Turkish fun fact that might also make you laugh! About five times a day, everyday, there is a man that comes on a loudspeaker that blasts all throughout the city. They do this as a symbol of prayer - it is a time for the city to pray together. How is this funny? Well the first time I heard it was in my apartment at about 6:00 a.m., and needless to say I was sound asleep, so it woke me up and scared the mess out of me! I actually thought someone was in my apartment. I'm used to it now though, and sleep right through it.
Here in Turkey there are several different basketball teams, but there are three BIG clubs that the Turkish fans go crazy for. They are Fenerbache, Beskitas, and US Galatasary. I'm playing for US Galatasary. There is one thing that New York Liberty fans have in common with the Turkish fans here - they are die hard! The fans here are loyal and supportive no matter what. It makes me miss New York because it reminds me of all the screaming fans at The Garden.
I've had to get adjusted to the food here because it is much different than the food in the U.S. They have Pizza Hut and Little Ceaser's here, which is pretty good. But guess what you can find absolutely anywhere in Turkey? Pistachios! Yeah, Turkish people love their pistachios! Good thing I like them too, because it's an easy snack to find around here.
Another adjustment is the driving. I'm sure you've read AB's stories about driving a manual stick shift and the difficulty she had parking on hills. Well here it's not the car, it's the speed limit. There is none! On an open road people will push their car to at least 120 mph. Not to worry, I'm a safe driver and I drive nice and slow (wink, wink).
Well New York, I hope that this gives you a small picture of what it's like here for me. I'm having a great time, improving my game, and getting in shape. I can't wait to come home to NYC to show ya'll what I've been working on over here!
Until next time New York -