Friday, April 16, 2010


Saturday 17 April 2010

A statue of Ataturk in Antalya. Ataturk means "Father Turk," and is the affectionate name given to Mustafa Kemal, the founder of modern Turkey. The country is full of Ataturk statues, paintings, photos, schools, and highways. His face is drawn onto half the flags. Pictures of him hang in just about every business.

He is so well-loved, in fact, that it is actually illegal to say anything negative about him. This makes me a little nervous, personally (I guess it's very American of me, but I like my freedom of speech!) but the people here truly admire his determination and love of his country.

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