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Sandy Pfunder's Photo Album
Photos from June  2013 trip to Turkey

Page 3



The house that I lived in as a volunteer is empty and deteriorating.


Most villagers still rely on scythes and muscle power to harvest the meadow grasses that will be dried and fed to the dairy cattle over the winter.  A few entrepreneurs have invested in more mechanized options, for which they typically charge a small fee.


The sign over the gate of the village cemetery says:  “Hey, traveler.  Yesterday we were all like you.  Tomorrow you will all be like us.”


Decorative tombstones in the village cemetery.


A dozen or more quite luxurious houses are currently under construction in the village.  Most of them belong to older villagers who have retired on generous pensions.  This house is an example. 



A young man in the village has invested in several dozen dairy cattle (the man in the photo is an older relative).  Until now, nobody has tried to raise more than two or three dairy cattle.  The villagers think this experiment will fail, because of low prices for raw milk.  Larger scale dairy farming is a possible “economic engine” that the village currently lacks.
 


©Arkadaslar
03/01/14