Hard at work baking bread in time for iftar.
This will be my last post for a few days as for the rest of this week we are celebrating Eid.
This was taken on the new motorway that runs around the top of Bursa. At the moment it doesn't go anywhere else, but they are working to extend it and hopefully at some point it will connect with Istanbul and Izmir. It would certainly shorten the journey times to have a good road.
You can probably tell from the photo, we are having a lot of rain at the moment!
The dolmus is a very convenient way of getting around. It is a type of shared taxi which runs on a set route (the sign on top of the car says what route it does). You pay a set fare generally, but you can get in and out wherever you want by asking the driver. The fares are comparable with the bus and they are very frequent so it works very well.
This is not what it looks like... the door and windows of this little cottage are just painted. I think it is a gas distribution station or something like that. Anyway, it's a very nice way to disguise what would otherwise be an ugly concrete box.
This photo is from earlier in the summer when the wedding season was in full swing. In the evening we could hear music from the celebrations almost every weekend. Now during Ramadan there are no weddings.
For platespotters, the 16 at the beginning of the number plate means the car comes from Bursa!
Now is the fig season... I was walking home after a meeting today and saw this stall, very tempting. It was a while since I had been out in the middle of the day and although the weather has cooled down a bit lately, it was still hot for walking.
During Ramadan people often meet to eat the iftar (sunset) meal together. This year it is around 7.30pm in Bursa. Afterwards they gather in tea gardens to drink tea, chat and play games like this one. The tea garden was full and very lively, some people apparently would stay there until the early hours before going home to eat breakfast before the morning prayer call.
This picture is displayed next to the mosque in Çekirge and shows what the area used to look like when it was still a village, before it was swallowed by Bursa. We'll try to post a view of what it looks like nowadays for comparison - needless to say much of the green you can see here doesn't exist any more.