All the small things

As all of you probably who are reading this probably know that we were on Oprah, it showed about a month ago in the US. But do you know how many countries Oprah is shown in?… That doesn’t mean it shows on the same day everywhere in the world. It actually showed in Romania when we were there, we were watching the tv in our hotel room when it was on!… The next day we got an email from a Romanian woman named Corina who saw us the night before, and lived near the town we were in!

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.

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.

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.

Watch out for the evil eye

This post is going to be one of my shorter posts, because my last one was the longest one I’ve ever written. So here we go. Last week we stayed in Istanbul for a few days, and in that time we walked throughout one small part of the city. Though the area was small, there…

What You Can’t Find, You Can Buy

Namibia was a big surprise for me. I’ve always loved collecting rocks (along with coins) and I didn’t know before we came here that Namibia has more different rocks and minerals than almost any other country in the world. We spent a day rockhounding around the Spitzkoppe mountain and visited the Kristall Galery in Swakopmund, a museum and store dedicated to rocks and gems. My dad told me that when he was little, he and his grandpa liked to collect rocks in the mountains of Utah and then take them home and tumble and polish them.