Thank you to the wonderful team at Nomad Tours for our marvellous journey into South East Turkey. There we stayed with a Kurdish family who opened up their home and village to share a small part of their lives with us. It's only in looking back that we can fully appreciate the thought and effort and work that went into creating our stay at Yuvacali and our stunning tour through the ancient landscape of Mesopotamia.
Without actually staying at the village for some time we could never have appreciated the complexities and challenges that our host family, and others like them, face in navigating their way into the future. While they continue to uphold some of their traditional lifestyle and values, that we got to experience first hand, they are also questioning some of the old ways in attempting to provide new opportunities and choices for their children. And the work of Nomad Tours is instrumental in making that happen.
During our stay we became aware of the educational barriers faced by members of our host family and other Kurdish people in Turkey. As a liberal educator I am incensed by any limits placed on people's freedoms, particularly the freedoms accorded by a good education. So the work of Nomad Tours in supporting their local preschool and primary school is a powerful contribution to changing the lives of so many families (as is the tree planting project that is slowly changing the face of the village). We are pleased to have been a small part of that in supporting their homestay concept.
Out on the road we had so many wonderful experiences and we can only begin to imagine the social and cultural knowledge and local experience that went into creating every day and every special part of each day: the luxury of a driver and 'the best tour guide in the world', the roads taken and not taken, the places we stayed, the people we met, the meals, (including kalburga dolmasi - thank you again. It was a work of art), the drinks, the treats, the unforgettable sites and sights. There are so many particular memories: the beehive house in Harran, and more particularly the stories of the Arab people who live there; the passing glory of Hasankyef and the ancient caves that live on underwater; the nomad family and their amazing tent and the powerful women who wear their tattoos and carry their Kurdish history with pride; the caravanserai and chai and deep, dark Turkish coffee and the old men who gamble their afternoons away and sing their poetry, the 'pop up cafe' where we squatted on traditional wooden stools on the side of the road to eat delicious doner kebaps, the ferry trip across the Euphrates, and the walk to Mount Nemrut that took us to the stone kingdom at the top of the world.
So thank you again Nomad Tours for the passion and love you invested in making our journey across that ancient landscape so memorable; but more so for your ongoing work whereby every homestay visitor and Nomad tourist plays a part in changing the lives of the village families and their children and are themselves changed as we were.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay with a Kurdish family, sleep under the stars as the locals do, join in with milking the sheep, rolling out huge rounds of unleavened bread for breakfast,and making cheese. See a way of life unchanged since biblical times, mix with the locals, and experience authentic Turkey with not a t-shirt nor another tourist in sight. Accommodation is basic and facilities are shared, as you join a family in their home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nomad Village Home Stays Turkey/Hilvan