Our Ephesus tour guide

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UploadedFebruary 28, 2008
TakenMay 22, 2007
Exposure1/80 sec at f/6.3
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Focal Length41 mm
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Her name is Yildem Oltu and she is Turkish. When she wasn't extolling the virtues of ancient Ephesus she would sometimes talk of current events.

Yildem, like the other tour guides we had met in Istanbul, was young, well educated, and proud of the fact that Turkey was not like other Muslim countries. It bothered her to think that the present government of Turkey was pandering to the Muslim fundamentalists. Troubled by the fact that more and more Turkish women could be seen in public with their hair covered, she longed for the return of a more secular government.

Like our other guides, she revers Ataturk and all he did to modernize Turkey. The present government, she said, had only been elected because the one before had been tainted by corruption and hoped the upcoming elections would see them defeated.

Somewhere in the conversation my wife's suspicion was confirmed as she shared the fact that she was 5 months pregnant and both she and her husband were very excited.

The election did not turn out as our guides had hoped and the current government remained in power.


8 responses

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2008):

    Great pic!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2008):

    Each face in this photo tells a different story, very intriguing...nice..

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (13 Jun 2008):

    Very cool capture...

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    What an interesting story, I hope that they get a better government in the future. Thanks for sharing John.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    Loved the interesting story and the picture!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (4 Aug 2016):

    Interesting capture !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Mar 2018):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (9 Apr 2018):

    Accommodating expression in the main subject.

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