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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale June 5th 2011

We got up at 5 am after I had finished packing at 2 am, so I was exhausted when I awoke, plus the fact that I did not want to have my time in Istanbul with my Dad end. We had THE best time seeing the sights and hanging out with the Turkish people, it was everything I hoped it would be. But all good things must come to an end, and I was in a whole mix of emotions that morning since I was very sad that my time with Dad was over, happy that it happened, and a mix of excited and nervous for the next part of my trip. We met up with the group and waited for the tour bus, the night before we had seen a tour that was just arriving ... read more
The great smelling flowers

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet June 4th 2011

I woke up and realized it would be my next to last breakfast at the Apricot Hotel (when I get back from the tour it will be late on Sunday and then I leave on Monday morning and have my last breakfast then). Before we left the room to trek to the hotel Dad gathered up all the different currencies to give to Ayse from what Lynn had said advised the previous day and was going to put them all in one bag. But I reminded Dad that they all had to be separate! So we figured we would ask Lynn for some envelopes at breakfast. We get to breakfast and I see Lynn and Ayse’s smiling faces and it just lights up my day! I am glad that I get one more day once ... read more
Lynn, Me, Ayse, and Dad
5 times!!
No Sleep!

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sirkeci June 3rd 2011

I did not awaken until around 9:30 am, which was a shocker because you could call me anything except late for breakfast since we had been in Turkey. I groggily got up and dressed and we headed up to breakfast around 10:30 (breakfast is over at 11, walk quickly!) we get to the hotel and Lynn asks us if we were up late partying since we were so late; we then told her about the previous night. She said that they all had started to worry since we usually were there close to 8 and she almost had someone come to check on us. It was so sweet of her to think of us like that, so to make up for lost time we had a very long and relaxing breakfast (I think we were ... read more
Murat and I
The amount of gold in the Bazaar
Spice Bazaar

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus June 2nd 2011

We got up and had to rush a bit at breakfast :( but it was all for a good reason. We were taking the beggar’s ferry down the Bosporus that morning and had to be there around 9:30 for the 10:15 cruise. We had already walked down to where the ferry boats depart trying to find the entrance to the Tram, so we kind of knew where we were going. . . .kind of (sense of direction still has not improved). We go to buy the tickets for the ferry, and Dad tells me what to say when ordering the tickets (I am pretty sure I butchered the whole thing but the nice Turkish girl understood what I was saying) We got to the entry and two guards were there to look at our ticket and ... read more
Riding the Ferry
Dad on the Ferry!
I found a friend!

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet June 1st 2011

This morning we got up and had a bit of a lazy morning after breakfast. Dad really wanted a straight razor shave so we walked around downtown Sultanhament until we found a guy, but he was busy with another guy so we kept on going. We then soon found another shop run by 2 guys, and Dad sat down to get a straight razor shave. While they were talking the guy doing the shave tugged on Dad’s ear hairs and asked if Dad would like him to clean those up to, and yes Dad wanted the whole treatment! It was total payback for Dad with what happens soon after (we tease each other non-stop). Dad tells them that in the old days they used to take a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and they used to ... read more
Dad getting the hair ripped out of his ears
Aya Sophia
Aya Sophia

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet May 31st 2011

We managed to sleep in a bit today since we both are getting used to the time difference, but we sure weren’t late for breakfast! It’s one of the best parts of the day as I love walking in and talking to Lynn; Dad and I don’t understand how she gets anything done as she is so attentive to the guests at the hotel and she really goes the extra mile. I also just love Ayse, she is so sweet and her smile just lights up my day! Today we decided to try our hand at the Turkish public transportation system! This is a first for Dad as well as me since when Dad was last here they only had buses and taxis. We needed to get the Tram to the Dolmabache, which was built as ... read more
Yay Raki!
Nooooo Raki!

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet May 30th 2011

I woke up at 4:30 to the sound of the morning prayers, which is quite soothing to me and was a wonderful way to wake up and start the day. Dad was still adjusting to the time change and was up shortly after as well. I was counting down the hours until I could eat the wonderful breakfast at the Apricot Hotel! Now that I had a chance to sample everything at the buffet I knew what I really wanted. I had received my birthday presents from my parents (I will be spending my birthday on the road with a tour, so Dad brought my presents with him)and I got a Netbook which I absolutely love (I thought I could do this trip without a computer but it proved to be very difficult) and a Bloggie. ... read more
Entry to the Grand Bazaar
Dad and Murat
Me in Murats Shop

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet May 29th 2011

Pronounced Beer-in-chee Goon – Translation : First Day I landed in Istanbul at 6:00 am local time after 23 hours of travel from Brisbane, with very little sleep (but that’s the price you pay for a cheap ticket!). After disembarking I went to find the Visa counter in which to buy my Turkish Visa. When I was researching for my trip I learned that only Australia and Turkey needed Visa’s from US citizens traveling there, I had also read about how to send off for Visa’s and that you needed to apply for with enough time so the Visa can get processed and you can have your passport back before you leave. I looked into the Australian one and found out that it was all done electronically and I didn’t need to send anything anywhere! (Yay ... read more
The streets of Sultanhamet

Rick and Robin decided to take me to their house on the nearby North Stradbroke Island the day before my last day in Australia. They really went out of their way to take me since my flight was at 2:00 pm the following day. Rick had looked up the times of the flights to Turkey and assumed mine was the later one, I felt bad to correct him to tell him I had to be at the airport at noon and said that I completely understood if we couldn’t make it over there, but he insisted we go. I was so tired from the non-stop adventure that I had experienced ever since I set foot in Brisbane that I went to sleep in the car on the way over on the barge. After I awoke Rick ... read more
The sunset over Straddie
Rick and Robin at the pub

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 27th 2011

Got up early and headed into work with Rick to then catch the train from Central Station out to Deb and Rhett's farm (about a 25 minute drive outside of the city). Deb picked me up and I knew right away we were going to get along really well. Deb is a fabulous dressage rider, while her husband, Rhett, is a high level show jumper. She started to apologize for the fact that I would have to sit around for a bit since they were still getting ready for the agents to come and take pictures of their property since they were putting it on the market soon. They had just bought a property right up the road with 40 acres on it since the 5 acre farm they had now was just too small. I ... read more
Me riding Carrie
Me riding Carrie
Deb riding Emo

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