On the way to Kusadashi, we pulled up beside an olive grove.
Did you know you essentially can not kill an olive tree? They live for thousands of years. Even though the branches are empty with no fruit, and in fact the whole tree looks dead, the root is deep and alive and well. Pretty soon a new shoot of a branch will sprout and grow and bear much fruit. Paul uses this analogy of us, a wild branch grafted onto an olive tree. Even though all the branches around us appear dead, when we connect to the root (Christ) we grow and produce fruit.
This gas station had a modern bathroom with automatic sliding glass doors.
People always had to buy more snacky foods too!
We drove to the Kusadashi Kismet hotel where we would be spending the next few nights.
Mary, our next door neighbor
Our dining hall was just below theirs
Needless to say, the Turkish people love their parties so for the 3rd time in Turkey, we tried to sleep to loud, blaring music. I'm glad they could celebrate as we know they are having much turmoil in their country.