Before Homer Was a Simpson He Was a Bard

To set off an adventure like ours, you have to be willing to take some heat. Many of your friends and family will question your sanity and some will doubt your ability to follow through on your plans. We never allowed the skeptics to stand in our way and got used to the “you must…

Six Hours in Greece

They all had soldiers on one side with different faces and beards, and on the other side there was a cross.I got real excited at the thought of finding something like that and how much fun it would be to take them home, and what a great addition to my coin collection it would be…. There’s a 2 euro, 1 euro, 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents, 2 cents, and a 1 cent. To my surprise all the countries that use the euro have different coins…. But I guess it’s not that bad if each country can have their own set. Another surprise is that all the euro coins can be used in any country in the EU…. Well, gotta go find some more!(Note from Mom: I hate to be the one to “shoot things out of the sky,” but poor Mac had Schliemann-like visions of making a grand discovery and hauling his loot home.

The Crossroads of History

If ever I were in charge of a large civilization and wanted to expand my territory, Turkey would be at the top of my list of potential conquests. It is uniquely located, the gateway to Asia or Europe depending on which way you are heading; the landscapes are scenic enough to keep you interested as…

Eight Is Better Than Six

We’ve been a little sneaky lately. We like to delay our posts by at least a week for a few reasons: 1) it helps us avoid potential stalkers and 2) we need a little time to process our experiences before writing about them. Given this usual delay, you might not know that Tom’s parents joined…

A Basement of Turkish Despair

Irony is a cruel teacher. I composed the last post about Esbelli Evi from a basement room in the Eris Pansiyon in Assos on the Aegean Coast. Little did I know as I gushed about the wonderful setting and impeccable service in Cappadocia that an hour later I would be arguing with the proprietors of…

A Cave of Turkish Delight

We have now been on the road for 235 days. That’s a long time to be away from your own bed, your own kitchen, your own bathroom. Personally, I love the nomadic life, but perhaps that’s because I’m the one that bears the bulk of the responsibility for maintaining our domicile back in Atlanta. To…

If It Tastes Like Pepper, Ya Better Fo’get Her

The girls and boys used to only *see* eachother (not talk), when they would go down to the well and get water for the house…. Well it starts with the girl, if she wants to get married then when she finishes her rug that she’s been making, she’ll hang it out the window, that’s telling all the young men that she’s ready to get married…. The whole family gets the message and the old person of the house like the grandma or grandpa, would go in a room and talk to the boy and see who he wants to get married to.When the discoussion is finished between the young and senile, the senile goes out to the girls family and arranges a family meeting between the family…. This means that there was salt or pepper in the coffee, but if the boy and the senior citezen stay put and talk, then there was sugar in the coffee, after the that, the newly engaged youth go somewhere and talk once again with the old folk.This may not be all correct, I’m just typing this off memory so if you find a mistake or anything, then please leave a comment and tell me what I did wrong.