Barbecue and volleyball at Lake Van

Sunday Salih and Gül and I joined some of Salih’s students and fellow teachers for a barbecue on Lake Van. The teacher crouching in the front row is wet because moments before he had jumped into the lake to retrieve a stray volleyball.

Burku, me, and Merve

Salih holds a weekly reading session with some of his students on Sunday mornings. They get together and read silently for an hour, just to get in the habit of reading regularly every day. After the reading session two of Salih’s students were adamant about...