December 2016

I flew home for nine days after stumbling upon really cheap plane tickets (thank you, KLM!) -- It had been ~2 years since I had been in Istanbul.

Not much interesting geology, or work progress to report. I saw friends and relatives, ate copious amounts of Turkish food, and caught a cold.

One noteworthy thing was: A bomb exploded in Besiktas, a part of town I frequently went to, but that is not the noteworthy thing I want to point out. The strange thing about this was it made me uneasy, but everyone around me was okay with it.

I did a quick search on the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, the list is long:

  • 12 Jan 2016 - Istanbul (Sultanahmet)
  • 13 Jan 2016 - Diyarbakir (Cinar)
  • 17 Feb 2016 - Ankara (Merasim Sok.)
  • 13 Mar 2016 - Ankara (Kizilay)
  • 19 Mar 2016 - Istanbul (Istiklal Cad.)
  • 27 Mar 2016 - Bursa (Merkez)
  • 31 Mar 2016 - Diyarbakir (Otogar)
  • 1 Apr 2016 - Mardin (Kiziltepe)
  • 1 May 2016 - Gaziantep (Emniyet Mudurlugu)
  • 10 May 2016 - Diyarbakir (Baglar)
  • 12 May 2016 - Istanbul (Sancaktepe)
  • 12 May 2016 - Diyarbakir (Durumlu Koyu)
  • 24 May 2016 - Van (Caldiran)
  • 7 Jun 2016 - Istanbul (Vezneciler)
  • 8 Jun 2016 - Mardin (Midyat)
  • 28 Jun 2016 - Istanbul (Ataturk Airport)
  • 1 Aug 2016 - Bingol
  • 18 Aug 2016 - Elazig (Emniyet Mudurlugu)
  • 20 Aug 2016 - Gaziantep
  • 26 Aug 2016 - Cizre (Emniyet Mudurlugu)
  • 6 Oct 2016 - Istanbul (Yenibosna)
  • 9 Oct 2016 - Hakkari (Semdinli)
  • 4 Nov 2016 - Diyarbakir (Emniyet Binasi)
  • 10 Nov 2016 - Mardin (Derik)
  • 24 Nov 2016 - Adana (Valilik)
  • 10 Dec 2016 - Istanbul (Besiktas)
  • 17 Dec 2016 - Kayseri

That's 460 people dead and it all averages to an attack every ~2.5 weeks this past year...