Exit the Old Folks

We had many fun experiences including visiting a cemetery and having competitions to find the oldest grave, playing the alphabet game in the car, watching in amusement as Grandpa stopped the car abruptly and jumped out hopping up and down grabbing his legs because of a cramp, and visiting the interactive Mark Twain museum in Hannibal, Missouri (which isn’t so interactive unless you count sitting on a fake river raft and watching a 60’s Huckleberry Finn movie interactive). We were all excited to temporarily become ‘Eight in the World’ and waited at the airport in Izmir with great anticipation.When they finally arrived, we immediately had some new memories added to our repertoire…. For Asher there were some much needed new clothes, for Kieran new shoes (his Indian ones were falling apart and he lost his American ones in New Zealand seven months ago)…. The first few days of our experience with Grandma and Grandpa went something like that with the exception of seeing some of the world’s biggest and best preserved classical ruins at Ephesus.But soon it was time for us to leave the comfort of our hotel in Selcuk and head out to see some of the other things Turkey has to offer.

Shopping With G-Ma

There are many places all throughout Sultanahmet, Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Arasta Bazaar (right by the Blue Mosque), and many stores on the street…. My Grandma and I encountered this in the Arasta Bazaar, there were some items that she liked so she had me bargain for them (she doesn’t really like to bargain, it’s also hard because she dosen’t know the exchange rates), I got them down from half the original price but I still didn’t feel like it was a good price…. He found I nice wooden box to rest his leg on. After he was done resting the shopkeeper came out and said ” What is this” putting his foot on the box, ” this shop is my pleasure, what if I put my foot on your head?… My grandpa being 6″6, the thought of the small man getting his foot up there was real funny.A few minutes after this happened the shopkeeper across the path explained to us that the man was going through a divorce and that he’s not getting many sales, and not to worry about our grandpa.

Where East Meets West

We have been in Turkey during a time of rising tensions which has provided a great opportunity to discuss politics with the kids. Below is a short political diversion from our travel blog based on these discussions. In three weeks in Turkey we were able to get only a cursory view into the lives of…