I just wanted to post about our recent trip to Vienna, Istanbul, Erzurum (for the World University Games) and Slovakia. The focus of our holiday was Erzurum, as that is where the Games were being held, and our daughter was playing on women's hockey for Team Canada.
Quite frankly, the city could use a bit of "dress up" - with the only new development being the Erzurum Mall, and the new facilities built for the Games. That, however, is a modest concern when one meets the citizens of this fine community.
We were overwhelmed by the friendly, helpful and respectful nature of the people Erzurum. Whether it was the bus driver who abandoned his route to take a couple of lost Canadians to the hockey arena, or the police who volunteered to take us home, or the neighbours next door in the apartment building where we were staying inviting us over for breakfast (even though we could not speak each other's language) or the gentlemen who would always get up to give my wife (or any woman) a seat on the bus - it was a spectacular display of courtesy and assistance.
We would go back in a minute.