Archives for the month of: September, 2014

Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Date: 12 September 14 Local
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Çıralı, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 9

Forget everything you know about Turkey – and just know that if you ever want to vacation somewhere tropical and amazing, forget Hawaii, and Costa Rica and book yourself a trip to Çıralı, Turkey right now. It’s okay, I’ll wait.

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Aspendos // Do All Things With Love

Date: 10 September 14
Local Time: 8:00pm
Location: Kemer, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 7

We departed Side after our homemade breakfast at the hotel, and headed to the nearby ruins of Aspendos. It was an ancient city founded by the Greeks in 1000 BC and changed hands many times. The theater in Aspendos is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters, which seated about 7,000 people.

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Alanya from above // Do All Things With Love

Date: 9 September 14
Local Time: 9:00pm
Location: Side, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 8

I woke up early in Anamur when some garbage trucks were emptying bins loudly, it was probably 6am and the sun was just about to rise so instead of going back to bed I grabbed my camera and left the hotel (past the snoring inn-keeper by the front door) and walked to the beach to watch the sunrise.

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yaprakli koy // Do All Things With Love

Date: 8 September 14
Local Time: 6:30pm
Location: Anamur, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 3.5

After the fun day in Gaziantep we all packed up together and hit the road at about 4am local time to head to the Mediterranean. No time to waste on sleep. The drive took about four hours and we arrived in Mersin at about 8:00am to eat breakfast and swim in the ocean. It was the most magical thing in the world – swimming in the mild crystal clear ocean first thing in the morning, then eating our breakfast of gözleme and drinking çay at the beach.

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Gaziantep, Turkey

Gaziantep, Turkey

So I made it! The trip was smooth, although once I traveled through the Istanbul airport I knew immediately that the language barrier would be a challenge. I made it, thankfully most directional signs are printed in both Turkish and English. But any announcements that were in English was completely incomprehensible.

  • The first destination was Gaziantep, for a day and a half. In the 30 hours I accomplished the following:
  • Discovered that my understanding of Turkish is enough to guess what is being talked about
  • Discovered that try as I might, my accent will always be hilarious to my dining companions (“go on, say ‘hello’ again!”)
  • Turkish food is the most delicious thing ever, anywhere. I knew this already, but really it is off the charts.
  • Tried a dish that is essentially raw lamb, mixed with bulgar. They jokingly called it ‘Turkish sushi’ and it actually wasn’t bad.
  • Drank turkish kahve (coffee), and oh so much çay (tea).
  • Smoked a nargile (hookah).
  • Explored a bazaar.
  • Visited a museum of famous mosaics that were discovered close to this city.
  • Visited the town’s zoo, which is apparently the second-largest zoo in all of Europe!
  • So far have avoided jet lag. I know it’s coming, but so far the kahve and çay are keeping it at bay.
Türkçe balkon / Turkish balcony

Türkçe balkon / Turkish balcony

More photos below…

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View from the CN Tower overlooking Toronto

View from the CN Tower overlooking Toronto

Date: 5 September 14
Local Time: 3:15pm
Location: YYZ – Canada
Hours of sleep in last 24: ~1

So, what should you do if you have a 10 hour layover in a country that is friendly to U.S. passport holders? Figure out the local public transit system and explore!

I took the bus, subway and trolly into downtown Toronto to walk around for a few hours and it was pretty cool. There happened to be the Toronto International Film Festival happening so a lot of crowds and even some paparazzi. On a whim I went to the CN Tower, and it was a good decision. Pretty sweet views, as long as you don’t have a fear of heights.

On the way back to the airport I started nodding off while standing up. I think it is time to take a nap.. good thing that the next flight is 10 hours. Time to sleep.

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Airport at Night // Do All Things With Love

Date: 4 September 14
Local Time: 9:45pm
Location: SFO
Hours of sleep in last 24: 4.5

I will let you in on a secret of mine: I love airports.

There is just something about them – maybe it’s the air of possibility or maybe it is the buzz of activity as airlines operate. I worked in an airport and I loved it.

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Dear readers,

I suppose from time to time it is normal for priorities to shift and evolve, and thus I have fallen out of blogging. Not mindfully, but due to other priorities taking a front-seat in my life. It has been a joyful year since we last checked in! Things are going well, including some wonderful career growth, fun activities, and lots of fun with our friends.

We will be doing to some travel blogging this week, as we vacation abroad for the first time in many years! Stay tuned for our musings on kültür (culture) and serüven (adventuring) abroad.

Below are some snapshots from the past months …

New Years fireworks over San Francisco Bay

New Years fireworks over San Francisco Bay

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