Today the streets were empty. Quiet. Like Christmas Day in Switzerland when everyone is at home or with their family and friends. I saw Ozman ( who runs the Kahve next door) with his family, all dressed in smart suits, walking up the hill. They looked lovely. It made me smile. I also had an ex-student text me to tell me they had just cut a cow. This made me smile less. I felt kind of booby-trapped though. I mean what is the correct response to this sort of news!