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This had to happen at some point, the hammer had to come down. I had to bite the bullet and put everything on hold for a couple of weeks to finish my grad school work. Credits are expiring, (as is my memory) and it was just time.

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I was fortunate enough to spend the week in New Orleans for a work conference this week. It was an incredibly interesting place and I look forward to returning at some point to spend more time visiting museums and learning more about the history.

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This weekend we did very typical at-home weekend stuff. It was great to catch up a little bit before I travel next week.

Typically I work from home on Fridays, but this week I went into the office because I wanted to get all of my invoices/paperwork processed as I will be out of the office for two weeks.

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I really love the outdoors, especially the wilderness. One of the things I find the most challenging about living in the Bay Area is being in a big city and near other people all of the time. I was feeling like I needed a little break from the city and started researching backpacking trips near San Francisco. Well, it turns out that there is a nearby open space with a backpack-in camp that had an available permit.

I jumped on it, and did a quick one-night solo backpack trip.

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Hello friends, it’s been a while.

I feel like 2016 deserves a quick ‘year in review’ post, which I actually haven’t done since 2014.

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The day consisted of: delicious breakfast, exploring ruins, shopping, beach, ice cream, shopping, grilled fish dinner. So a pretty typical Thursday (jk).

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Oludeniz lagoon // Fethiye

Today we went to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon, which according to all the guidebooks and travel websites, is a beautiful place to see. We were markedly underwhelmed. It’s a murky pond lagoon that had me concerned for our health after swimming in it, with private beach clubs vying for your money. We spent only about 20 minute here, 10 of which were spent showering off the questionable water.

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So, remember how I mentioned yesterday that this village we are staying in is pretty rural? Well, we woke up this morning without water or electricity. Typically the water is solar heated (meaning cold showers before 12pm). This is our second time without power since we arrived but the lack of water was far more concerning.

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One of the few things we did not do on our last trip that Onur really wanted to do was go on a boat tour. We finally made that happen and I’m so glad we did, it has been my favorite part of the trip so far!

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Sunrise // Cirali, Turkey

We started the day around 5:30am (still feeling a little jet-lagged) to get photos and swim right at sunrise. It was a long day, doing most all of the sights in and around Antalya. It was fun but exhausting. Lots of pictures below..

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