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Lazy day turn into Deaf Standard Time...Oy...

July 19, 2013

Lazy day... eh... Basically doing our own things such as catching up with our own journal, napping, wandering around the town until 9 pm....That's when we agreed to meet the Deaf guy from the night before so he could introduce us to another Deaf man.

We left to find a small nosh before we saw the Deaf guy. We saw the Deaf guy. He was so happy to see us because he was not sure if we were keeping our words. So, we did! We met him nearby the cafe where the bench was next to. We walked up to a place where people rent the motorcycles, ATV, and more. We waited for a while until another Deaf Turkish guy came up. The #2 Deaf Turk guy came up and seems really nice. His signing was really clear and simple while other Deaf guy's sign language was sloppy, excited, and fast talking with many information at once! #2 Deaf guy would repeat in a clear way after I did not understand what the #1 guy was saying...

All four of us went to find a place to eat. We chatted for a while then #2 Deaf guy would not let us pay for our meal. He paid for us,which was kind of him to do that. Then, we went to his place to meet his wife. His place is up in the mountain - a very steep ride in the car. We took our shoes off and went into their apartment while their baby boy was asleep. Sweet... We sat down and noticed the form of how they had arranged the couches: Two sofas facing each other, so Deaf, people can see each other better. We sat down and had cup of teas and chatted with them. We were offered few sweet and fruits. So hospitality!!! Amazing!

We chatted for hours until 2 AM in the morning! Sharon got see how Deaf culture really functions and very much similar to back in USA as well. "Deaf Standard Time" means you say goodbye... but do not actually leave until a long time later! She did enjoyed herself and did not complain. All good to go... So the #2 Deaf guy took us back to our hostel. We hugged them and oh she took video of our conversations to remember the good time. We got in our room safe and sound. We were tired! Good day to end by the night!

(This is Sharon now adding my two cents :)
It was amazing to see how fast and fluently Heather could converse in sign language with the Turkish man and his wife. The signs are different from ASL, but, well, they understood each other a LOT better than would be the case if you took two people who only spoke Turkish and English respectively. At times I was content to just sit back and watch the sign language flying back and forth, and enjoy seeing Heather in her element, and appreciate the unique experience of chatting until 2am with a couple we had just met.

Posted by sbw2109 10:19

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