I have posted a FAQ on the New Turkish Lira at NewLira.com. Please tell me if you have any unanswered questions about the New Turkish Lira or any article requests. I will upload pictures of the new currency, hopefully, by the weekend.
On early Sunday morning Turkey’s clocks were wound back 1 hour to signify the end of daylight saving. The implications of this include:
*Employees now stay at work instead of going home for ‘Iftar’, the fast-breaking meal. The soup so far has been delicious.
*The local tailor 6 floors directly below my apartment, on the street level, is now arriving at work as early as 6.30 am. It seems some people don’t change their routine even with the time change.
*The sun rises and sets early. Today the sun rose at 6.07 am and will set at 4.42 pm. I’m sure Turkey’s time zone is Istanbul-centric. The time zone certainly does not suit central and eastern Turkey.
On Sunday I was the ‘ball-boy’ for 3 other employees who were having their first ever tennis lesson. Tennis is an elite pastime in Turkey and most people have never held a tennis racquet. As a child I always had a tennis ball in my hands and on Sunday I was happy to help relay all the tennis balls back to the basket. Chasing the tennis balls must have used muscles not used in a long time. For the past 3 days my upper leg muscles have been in pain and it is only starting to recede now.
Thank you Marga and Poppop
For another letter and photos. My card to is sitting in my lounge room and I will send it soon.