The second day is over and still, it was again a bit warmer than it is in Germany right now. The lab tour in the DIVE laboratory at İYTE had to be postponed to tomorrow, so no news here. I had nice a little chat with a colleague from Hungary (who was invited last week and leaves İYTE today) and staff from İYTE. That was basically it. Over noon, doing something outside was definitively no option, so after leaving the institute, I decided in favour of reading a book. For the evening, Bora has invited us for a BBQ which was really, really good (especially the appetisers).
İYTE and the area around is really a nice place to stay, even in Summer if you can manage to avoid working around noon. Many insects can be seen everywhere around houses, such as crickets or grasshoppers. A lot of dogs are around on the whole campus. Just some ten years ago, as Bora told me, (wild) dogs were spread all over the cities as well. To fight them, the government distributed toxins. Just about ten years ago, they started using a less deadly strategy. As of now, dogs are mainly seen outside the cities and towns where cats have taken their places. But still, when you first come the die İYTE campus, you’ll have to get used to being followed by at least one dog. And I’m not talking about bag dogs that are more like a rat than a dog! They’re real dogs and very lovable animals. We also spotted some tortoises (turtles) right next to the entrance of the flat.