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Published: January 8th 2015
Sorry for the delay in updates...it's been pretty busy since arriving here in Turkey and coupled with the laziness of the internet company to get me hooked up at home. So where to start....
i woke up Christmas morning not feeling too great in Moscow, I had an afternoon flight with Pegasus airlines from domodedevo (forgot how to spell it) airport in the south of Moscow, I hadn't seen too much snow my whole time there in Moscow, but of course right on cue a blizzard hit that morning making a taxi ride take 2 hours as roads were swamped with trucks and cars that slid off the road and the snow plows couldn't keep up with the snowfall. I had horrible diarrhea and nausea all morning and the two hour taxi ride was to say the least a cheek clenching adventure. I finally arrived at the airport a couple of hours ahead of my flight only to find it had been delayed 3 hours. Now I was really starting to feel wakeful heading to the bathroom several times with unbearable stomach cramps followed by what can only be described as "water butt" lol. After
several of these trips I started feeling a bit better, tired out, but better.... That didn't last long as then it turned into vomiting a few times. By 6 o'clock i went to see if check in was available only to see again It was delayed another hour.....
By 10pm we finally were boarding which was a huge relief as the flight wasn't cancelled so we were up up and away. It was a comfortable flight I even got a few minutes sleep lol. After a 3 hour flight we landed safely in Istanbul around midnight and immigration was pretty straightforward with having my e-visa already printed out I was on to get my luggage and exit. I wasn't sure if Numan was still waiting around, but to my surprise and delight he was standing at the gate with a paper and my name on it. We walked to his car and stopped to have a smoke and chit chat, what a great guy! We were on our way for the 4 hour drive to my new home with a few stops for gas and something to eat for him we made it to my apt around
I immediately knocked out and woke up at 8:30am lol yes 8:30am because Kieran , a teacher at the school was coming by to show me around the town and the school. The school is great with awesome people who have been soooooo helpful and fun. I have been dreaming of having a traditional Turkish breakfast since I learned I got this job so I treated Kieran to a nice breakfast to say thanks.
I started classes on the 27th because other teachers were on holiday so I covered their classes. It was a great intro as I really liked the classes and students along with the facilities. I have been settling in quite well here and exploring a little bit. I bought some new clothes that first day with Kieran as I needed a REAL winter coat as opposed to the windbreaker I was using in Moscow lol, also bought some boots, gloves and a couple shirts.
I have been exploring the spice market, little cafes and hole in the wall eateries. I promise I will get some more pics up soon it's just been hectic since I started and haven't had time. I'll be
in this great university town of about a million people until July so plenty of time.
Thanks everyone who follows me and enjoys my blogs or pics! Along with the comments it's much appreciated!
Can't wait until spring where I have 2 weeks vaca so I will be exploring more of Turkey with such places as Ephesus and assist along with cappadocia so stay tuned. Also still deciding my next long adventure when I finish my contract here in July. I'm really leaning towards India/Sri Lanka and Myanmar, but we'll see 😊
Buen viaje all!!
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