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What an unexpected pleasure.

The Turkish neighbor downstairs invited me to come over and visit with some friends of hers this afternoon. It was a spur of the moment invitation, she happened to see me while she was going out to pick them up.

So I spent the afternoon with four very nice Muslim women, three of them were from Turkey and one of them is from Ithaca. I think they are all wives of graduate students. Growing up in a university family I'm very comfortable with the wives of foreign students. One of them is married to a linguist so we discussed language, and religion, sociology, genealogy, and bus schedules. They got to practice their English on me. They all speak very good English. (Much better than my Turkish.) I think the one native English speaker is Puerto Rican, she mentioned having Native American ancestors and speaking Spanish as a child, and she has family in Brooklyn.

I had not realized that there would be food. But the women had made lots of wonderful Turkish dishes. There were stuffed grape leaves, a carrot and yogurt salad, a bulgur salad (similar to tabouli but not as green), a cheese pie (that was a bit like spanakopita but without spinach), Poppy seed bread with blueberries, and a pudding with chocolate sauce.

There was also Turkish tea, which I was expecting, and some fresh apple cider.

I exchanged phone numbers with my hostess, and she said she would like me to come over for dinner with her and her husband some time when he is not as busy as right now. I think that would be very nice, they are very pleasant young people.
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