I was drafted to go paintballing with son Alex and some Turkish guys from Meliksah University. It was like being in the army and trying to take a hill. Nearly all the other guys were younger than me and had actually served in the Turkish army. (Military service is compulsory in Turkey.) They asked me if I had ever served in the U.S. Army -- my answer was NO. I was shot only twice that stung -- once in the forehead and once in the neck. Alex's team won, perhaps because he shot up $50 in pellets "covering" his teammates. More about the pros and cons of paintball here. For all our paintballing photos, click.
Private horse-riding lessons are only $16 an hour in Kayseri!
On National Teenager's Holiday here in Turkey, friends suggested we investigate a new horse riding/restaurant/petting farm venue..."Very popular in Kayersi. There are three new ones!" This video offers a glimpse of the fun we had.
Turkey is in many ways a libertarian's paradise, with few of the regulations we have in the states. That meant animals could run all through the terraced restaurant. Little girls fearsomely squeezed the baby bunnies and left them on chairs where you might sit. Whoops, I almost squished a baby bunny.
There were two adorable caged monkeys. The male was very sweet. Kissing my face, he tried to pull my shirt down. Then he quickly and deftly removed both my earrings! Given his brilliant blue nerf balls and extended red pencil eraser, the thought crossed my mind that he might try to do something disgusting with them, but he didn't. I asked the guard on duty to get someone to retrieve them. Later the owner inquired if I'd gotten my earrings back (they're a classic Hittite design) and then asked us to name the monkeys. Jim, Alex, me, and our friends' little girls settled on Curious George for the boy and Daisy for the girl.
What a delightful outing on an unexpected holiday!