I stayed at a cafe immersed in conversation, far too late to take the bus back to campus. A restful sleep on a friend's sofa, and i woke ready to explore, determined to find Ankara's botanical garden. I found it high in the Çankaya neighborhood near Atakule tower. It is a steep little park, a narrow vale filled with trees and shrubs. Apples lifted early blossoms, and the buds of Genista are swelling. Feral dogs sprawled on the grass, sleeping in the sun after a night on the prowl. You can find them in almost any public park in the city. The other thing i saw as Ankara awoke around me - simitçi balancing trays upon their heads, calling in a loud monotone "SIMIT! SIMIT!" This time i finally got a photograph, and a slightly burned simit to nibble on the walk.
below: Windows are washed as women in headscarves prepare the kitchen;
a restaurant on Ataturk Blv. prepares to open for the day.