Derek was pretty sad to turn in his "multipass" at the security gate at the Ambassador's residence. Every time we returned to the residence and we showed the passes we all spoke like 'leelu dallas' from the fifth element. You may notice that my pictures are a bit out of order here but I hope you can forgive me.
We did a collaborative piece with Mercan Dede at the gala. He is a very busy dude with touring and his plane was late pushing back our rehearsal from 1pm until about 6. We were still able to come up with something cool because he is talented musician and Matt ( he sang for us ) was able to think quickly to come up with a fun and interesting piece. Pictured above is The Ambassador Mr Bailey introducing Derek to Mercan.
The first touristy thing we did was the Ankara Castle. It was truly like stepping into a whole new world.
On the first full day we visited the Canadian Embassy. It was very nice and it was even nicer to finally meet people who I had only previously emailed. At the gala Challis and I got to meet the wife of the US Ambassador. I wanted to spend more time talking with her but people kept wanting pictures and she had to leave. boo.
We visited the Museum of civilization which was pretty cool. Looking at pottery and arrowheads made us feel like we could be in a museum anywhere in North America instead of Asia. So many similarities to our own history.