14 Eylül 2007 Cuma
We had planned to visit Bayburt, stay in Gumushane before going down to Giresun, stay in Unye and in Bartın on the drive back home. However, the tree which Eser thought was imbued with mystic powers prevented us from following this plan and saved us from the floods which hit those regions which we would have visited.
Eser and Emine went up towards the mountain in search of the historic church, inspite of the bear-wolf warnings. Ahmet went back to get the car and save them, only to find the car buried under a fallen tree. Eser arrived 15 minutes later having decided that Ahmet's absence did not bode well.
Eser had been seeking " divine guidance" and " divine protection" as our cousin in Newyork, Husnu, had recommended throughout the trip. And earlier, on a whim, Eser had muttered her requests while looking at a large poplar; just as the one which fell on our car. To this day, she still claims that, that is what saved Ahmet and the rest of the car.
That night, with the storm also having broken the electricity lines, the mobile telephones not working, the damaged car, the sound of the rushing water was joined with the chanting of the large group of very religious Israeli backpackers who had decided that the dining room of Marsis Pension was a good location for Friday night rites.