Of Course We Can Sleep There

Anne has created a list on the Quick Facts page detailing how we’ve spent our different nights on the road. I got a kick out of reviewing the many different ways we’ve found rest throughout the trip and realized we’ve become flexible enough to handle almost any situation. Upon our departure last August, we were…

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…

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…

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…