Thank you to my friends and family for all your comments, emails, messages and calls. I am eventually getting around to following them up. In the meantime, I am packing and preparing to leave Mersin, saying goodbye to local friends and eating as much local food (tantuni, kokorec, kunefe, fistikli kadayif, etcetera) as I can handle. Adding to the expectancy of leaving, I paid for my flight today.
Prior to departure I hope to post several blog entries recalling my time in both Mersin and Turkey in general.