Good morning, Vagabonds. @Florchi, I got to Ft Lauderdale yesterday for the Turkish festival and enjoyed it. Fortunately, a friend drove me to Aventura, where I got the No. 1 Broward bus – that saved me a lot of time as the Miami-Dade County No. 3 bus is a loong route. The No. 1 bus also took a long time – I never realized that Downtown Ft Lauderdale is very far north of Ft Lauderdale Airport. My stop was only a short walk from the festival, but I was disapointed that I didn’t see the flowers that Las Olas Blvd. is famous for.
Aside from the music and the freebies (I got a Koran in English – I will try to read it again, I didn’t understand it when I read it the 1st time) and also the eye to ward off the the evil eye as well as some CDs or DVDs about Turkey – I met a Kirghiz couple who had just come to the US 2 months ago. I knew he was Kirghiz because of the distinctive fur hat he was wearing – I sent the photo to those Vagabonds whose emails I have and I will need help in putting the photos on my Facebook. but the photo of the Kirghiz couple I shouldn’t put on my Facebook for the sake of the Kirghiz’s privacy.
Since they couldn’t speak English and I can’t speak Russian, I made my Turkish sound like Kirghiz and was able to communicate with them.
Then a member of the Mevlana (the whirling dervishes) did a dance which I photographed. I was fortunate to meet a Peruvian family who spoke Quechua (I love all these rarely-spoken languages and feel badly that they are dying) who live near me and drove me home – a good thing because I would’ve been too tired to go home by bus – I was tired anyway.