Ibrahimpasa

There are 6 inches of snow on the ground here in Ibrahimpasa and it’s a wee bit chilly, especially after the beautiful day in the valley a couple of days ago. I can’t believe that it’s almost time for me to leave here. Although I had been to Cappadocia before, for three days last June, you don’t really get to see or appreciate the place at all unless you’ve been here for as long as I have and have hiked around the different valleys and towns. What a fantastic experience this has been for me. I have really enjoyed working in this environment; it has been inspirational. I highly recommend it!

Late last night another artist arrived, Marina from Portugal. I haven’t met her yet but hope her journey in the snow was not too bad. She is a sculptor in wood – at the moment the wood is all buried in snow but I’m sure in a day or two, the valleys and trees will reemerge from their white blanket. One good thing the snow does do is hide all the garbage lying in parts of the valley here – that is one part of this experience that has disturbed me. Perhaps one day the villagers will get hip to the fact that garbage just thrown away like that is disgusting. Paul told me about a rich American woman living in Ortahisar who has enough cash to hire people to clean the part of that valley that she looks out on from her house so that she can have a “clean view” … Too bad she doesn’t send some of her cash this village’s way.

For the last few days here I will work on my last two installations and possibly one more cave projection. And, if Spring returns, I will walk the Red Valley and possibly go to the Zelve Valley Open Air Museum. I leave on Wed April 1, flying first to Istanbul and then on to Dalyan on the south coast for the next leg of my journey.

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