So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
It was a promising Friday; not a cloud in the sky after a grey and frigid week. I had reservations at a rather nice spa hotel, poised to spend a relaxing weekend away with my Valentine. I should have known this scene was just the calm before the storm, much like the deceptive vision of Inverness poor Duncan never could see through.
Can you tell I’ve been up to my eyeballs in Shakespeare?
We loaded up our bags and headed to the train station, asked for two tickets to Eskişehir, and…
“Bugün yok.” (There aren’t any today.)
There was a tiny sliver of me that wanted to scream and shout until they gave me my way (which the guy behind me did for about thirty minutes after being told the same thing), but to be honest, I’ve just been here too long. I know that this is how Turkey works. Sometimes the menu lists 30 items when the restaurant only serves 3 of them; sometimes the website says the seats are there and the train station tells you the opposite. Consistency is not a strong cultural value here and I’ve learned to accept that.
Without saying much, my husband and I calmly walked across the street to drown out our sorrows in lahmacun. The circumstances may have sucked, but I couldn’t have asked for better company. We embraced an attitude of self-schadenfreude and let the day be what it was.
Alas, “what’s done cannot be undone.”
***For a more upbeat ending to this tragedy, check out Sir Ian McKellen as Macbeth here. My students are always so surprised to see Gandalf in such a different light.***