Drawn by the rather strange logo "Bodrum hugs the world", my daughter and I wandered down to the harbour today to see what was going on. We found lots of tables, fronted by national flags, selling food typical of that nationality. Having only noticed the adverts the evening before, I asked a few stall holders how they had heard about the event. Several of them were taking part in the free Turkish lessons that the Municipality is sponsoring and were approached during their classes. Which explains why most of the long term, Turkish-speaking ex-pats had no idea about the occasion. I'm going to be a pedant now and suggest that "Bodrum embraces the world" would have been a better translation of the Turkish, but you can put this down to the niggling irritation that I would have liked to have been there with a tray full of hot-cross buns.
As this sedate affair was taking place on one side of the square, the other side was full of motorbikes.
The 2013 Turkish Enduro championship season commenced today and to pay tribute to Kemal Merkit, who was killed in a race last year, the season started in Bodrum, where Kemal used to live.
The tourists enjoying their lunches in the Spring sunshine must have had second thoughts about their choice of tables when all the bikes started revving their engines as they waited for the flag to fall and a haze of exhaust fumes descended. The cacophony of engine noise was accompanied by a pop group serenading the World Huggers on one side and a truck advertising bikes playing "Gangnam Style" at full blast on the other. I left them all to it and headed home for a quiet lunch.