Almost two weeks ago, I personally texted 52 official postcrossers from Ankara. Apart from the ones I personally knew, only one of them replied and said she won't be able to make it to the meeting. Fine, I had my 10+ friends already (hopefully).
I knew Aselsan crew (That is our company's name and we are 7 postcrossers at Aselsan) would make it and Leslie of course. Ufuk had said he might bring some friends so all was set. We were to meet at Armada Kahve Dünyasi at 15:00 on June 12, 2010.
My day started quite early. I made a 40-minute travel to meet Leslie in the city center. We made our tour to one and only wholesaler for postcards in Ankara in Diskapi, which is Teknik Color. By the way, Turkish postcrossers, the guy who works at the wholesaler, Mesut has some idea about postcrossing and is really helpful. We were a bit disappointed at Teknik Color as the options were not as many as we thought. Still, compared with any other place in Ankara, there were a good number of options.
I was so happy to find Kocatepe Mosque cards of Ankara. A lot of people had marked it as favourites on the official side :)
Leslie was checking cards as well and we both dared to complain about the limited number of options we had for several times. We both knew that it was the most we could ask for in a city like Ankara. Still, we were happy with our cards.
Then, we went to the big post office in Sihhiye. It is the center of philately in Turkey. I am personally not into stamps but I feel very happy when I see people happy with my stamps. Although it is a bit of a journey to reach there, I try to go there from time to time to buy different stamps and FDC's for good friends: You know who you are :)
Then, we went to our meeting spot. Although we didn't book the place in advance, we managed to find a cosy corner and we were 13 POSTCROSSERS: pinuccia, ctrekoza, nazomci, moonlight, baldassare, denizzz, ozzzy, sibos, kfumkfuk, eyuksel, mehmetak, edzog and bgunseren. Yayyy :)