Trekking Through Turkey: Heading Homeby Justin Lyon, Todd Vogel • March 20, 2003 Share:
Wabash men at a museum in Istanbul
Prostitutes and drunken debauchery may be why some men visit Istanbul, but Wabash gentleman found more elevated pursuits with which to fill their time.
The first day in Istanbul started with a visit to the archaeology museum near Topkapi Palace. Filled with busts and statues from the second century, Wabash men continued their photographic research capturing hundreds of additional photos for their team's web sites.
Wabash men with David Arnett ’61 at the US Consulate
During the discussion, he was handed a note telling him that a anti-war demonstration was taking place outside. While the protest was prevented from getting in front of the Consul, we still felt a bit of tension from the Consul-General about our leaving; political demonstrations in Istanbul can rapidly turn violent.
The warnings from tour guide Sue Ellen proved quite accurate. Mike Eikenberry nearly lost his credit card when a man grabbed it while he was trying to get money out of an ATM machine. Mike chased him for several blocks until the man finally dropped the card. Ahmad Paarlberg's card was jammed into a machine by another man who was trying to "help" Ahmad use the machine. Ahmad waited a few minutes to see if it would come out and then immediately went to the phone to cancel the card. By the time he reached the operator, a short fifteen minutes later, his account was empty; the robber pulled the card out of the machine and used it.
In short, the trip offered students a wonderful opportunity to conduct serious scholarly research on ancient Christian sites, but also to immerse themselves in a vastly different culture than their own.
The last night found a group of students visiting a Turkish bath where they were washed and massaged by "sweaty Turkish men." It was a relaxing start to an evening that ended for some when they arrived at the hotel to grab a bite to eat and their bags before heading to the airport to catch their flight!
With war only a few days away, these men will place names and faces to the many people who will suffer through the economic hard-times that will come upon Turkey in the coming months.