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We just wanted to let you all know that we are doing well here in Turkey. Although, so far, our first day we have arrive everywhere there has been some kind of disaster.
First we'll let you know our disaster.
The first day we arrived in New York everything seemed to be going good until, we were on the airplane and we started toward the runway on our way to Istanbul. As we traveled toward the runway all the power shut down on the plane. This was a little nerve racking for us both. After that was fixed we started down the runway at full power and as the pilot started to lift off the runway, all to the sudden he slammed on his braked slamming the front to the plane back to the runway making us all jerk forward in our seats. Everyone on the plane let out with a roar of concern. Soon the pilot came on the mic and announced that we hit a flock of birds and he wasn't sure how much damage they had done to the engines, so the plane was going to need to be inspected. After sitting a while the pilot came on the mic again to announce that due to the sudden stop to the plane the plane had two tires deflate and we needed to be taxied to get them repaired. After sitting for a while they decide to send some people mover buses, which made a awful loud dong noise as we drove off, which was kind of nerve racking too. They where going to move us to another airplane that wouldn't be leaving for another three hours. But at least they gave us a $7.00 meal voucher, like what does that buy for food in the airport. Well we finally boarded the new plane and then.....they came on the mic and announced that they were missing a pilot. After the pilot arrived we had to wait for the luggage, as soon as that was done, they announced that the rain had missed up the runway and we had to use another runway to take off. All this took about 6.5 hours. To top it all off the landing was scary as heck! Well that was the end of our first day arriving somewhere. Oh by the way here is the Internet news link to confirm our bird scare at JFK . http://www.birdstrikecontrol.com/news/ This was all over the news in Turkey. We even seen one of the girls that was sitting next to us on the plane doing a interview on the new.
Our second arrival was in Istanbul, it wasn't as dramatic as the first but never the less, again something happened.
While we were in New York we purchased some American Whisky for John's friends in Turkey. We were driven to Adnan Abi's house (Johns Friend) by a taxi cab. The guy was really friendly and helpful and made sure we put all our things in the trunk so we would have to carry anything. Well we figured it out later that it was because he planned to steal our whisky and he did. He unloaded all our luggage as John and I were excited to see Adnan hugging him. But conveniently only unloaded the luggage and left the bag of whisky in his trunk and quickly drove away.
So, I learned to make sure If you can carry it, keep it with you when you travel in a taxi cab.
The Third arrival was the worst....... Landing went good, our ride was there at the airport to pick us up and we had all our luggage...this was good.
After spending time with John's family visiting, it was really late when we finally got back to Adnan Abi's apartment where we were staying. We stayed awake for a while longer and then I reminded John to jump in the shower before he went to bed. It was about 4 am by now. When John got in the shower he realized the hot water wasn't hot and he went in to turn the propane hot water heater on. Keep in mind he was already ready to jump in the shower. As he went to turn on the heater, he turned the handle switch and I heard a loud boom and seen a huge flame of fire rushing out of the small closet that John just went into to turn on the hot water heater. I yelled for John as he yelled for me and as I came out of the room, expecting to see John totally on fire and burned severely. John had in fact caught on fire but had quickly put himself out. But not before he had completely singed all the hair on his body, his complete body and part of his hair on his head. Relieve to see that he wasn't on fire I was still in a rage of panic and concern for his safety. John started putting out the small cleaning towels that had caught fire during the explosion to make sure nothing else burned. In the mean time I am pledging with him to get in the shower and run cold water all on his burned body. This may sound funny to some but I can assure you it was quite real and even as I write this I get the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. For, we where in a country that spoke a totally different language them me and I had no way to communicate with anyone except, "hello, how are you? thank you, and so on.........." Thankfully John is okay now and I didn't have to try to communicate an emergency with anyone. But he managed to completely burn the left half of his body, with red blotchy burns and some blistering on his face and spots of his body. Even though we soaked him with cold water and then constantly applied ice to his burns John was in pain for about fo ur hours before he could even relax.
I am soooo thankful that God is watching him because this could have truly been the worse day of my life and his....
Now for some good news.....
We stayed at Adnan Abi and Gulhan Abla's house in Istanbul for three days. They were excellent hosts and they are super nice people. They took us site seeing in Istanbul and took us to some really nice places. We really enjoyed our stay in Istanbul with them. This was the best time we ever had when we stayed in Istanbul. They are one of a kind people. And Gulhan Abla is an excellent cook, her food was great and she is really fast at preparing it too.
We Arrived in Adana yesterday. John's father isn't in the hospital anymore and is doing better. We are spending great time with him. John always has a way of making him feel better and making him laugh. His whole family is really happy to see him. He always makes them feel great too.
We got to meet Didem's father. Dedim is the girl that came to San Diego for school that John and I went to see.She is a real sweet girl we really like her. His name is Can Abi (John) also. He is a really nice person. Can Abi (John)was the one who picked us up at the airport in Adana and took us to Adnan Abi's Apartment and showed us how everything worked. Between Can Abi (John) and Adnan Abi we have two cars that we are able to use. We chose the smallest one because the roads here are soooo small. So last night John had his crash course in how to operate a foreign car which he hasn't had to drive in over 20 years. He is doing exceptionally well and I am really glad he can drive us around wherever we need and we don't have to rely on a taxi cab. Every time we come to Turkey Adnan Abi tries to give his car to John and I to use during our stay but, we've always said no because I was scared to have John drive in Turkey. Everyone here drives so crazy. Now I wish we'd done this a long time ago. Like I said John is doing exceptionally well.
With the exception of John catching on fire (good think he is a man of steel), all the other things were worth the fun we have had so far here in Turkey. We really do love it here.......
On Friday we are headed to Can Abi's (Dedim's father) vacation beach home for a few days. We will write you to let you know how things went. Sooo PLEASE keep your fingers crossed that the rest of our trip is safe.....
We miss you all and hope you are all doing great.
Master John Dikici and Miss Amber
(AKA: to our children Baba and Mom)
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