Leaving Istanbul

Nearly two years ago, shortly after arriving in Istanbul, Jason, Ellie, and I went for the first time to Sultan Ahmed, the historic downtown area. Just as we started along the sidewalk between the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the Call to Prayer went off. I’ve heard many Call to Prayers before–most notably duringContinue reading “Leaving Istanbul”

Tomorrow Is the Day! Care to Guess Where We’re Going Next?

It’s hard to believe that it’s already bidding time. Actually, bidding has been going on for months but tomorrow the State Department will finalize the latest round. So, care to guess where we’re going next? Here are a few clues: Small Cold Bears I know, it sounds like Salt Lake City. But if that wereContinue reading “Tomorrow Is the Day! Care to Guess Where We’re Going Next?”

Tulips: Not as Dutch as You Might Think

It’s a cold and drizzly day today in Istanbul. But notwithstanding the chill in the air, the tulips at Emirgan Park are breathtaking. I get to walk past these beauties every day on my morning walk. Did you know that tulips are not originally Dutch? The Dutch took them to Holland in the 16th centuryContinue reading “Tulips: Not as Dutch as You Might Think”

Best Holiday Quotes 2018

We had a wonderful holiday vacation. Two of our three adult kids came home to Istanbul. Sadly, our soldier son wasn’t able to come home. We missed him dearly. The other five of our Six Abroad family enjoyed site seeing around Istanbul and southwestern Turkey. Here are a few of the highlights: Another highlight wasContinue reading “Best Holiday Quotes 2018”