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”
Author Archives: Erin
Our Next Home!
We just received official word of where we are going next and we are thrilled! Before we reveal our next post, let’s review where we have been: And now, we are excited to announce that our next home will be: Bern: the capitol of Switzerland!!! Famous for bears, Alps, Toblerone, fondue, andContinue reading “Our Next Home!”
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?”
Here is a sure sign of a parent at the tale-end of raising her last child: Today is Picture Day at Ellie’s school. Last night we had this conversation: Ellie: What should I wear for school pictures? Me: I don’t care. Wear whatever you want. Ellie leaves the room and comes back 20 seconds laterContinue reading “Youngest Child”
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”
Because Moms Worry
Dear Grandma Hale and Grandma Parker, We wanted to let you know that we arrived safely in Istanbul. The Turks greeted us warmly upon our arrival. We arrived at our new apartment safe and sound. And discovered that our complex has an amazing view of the Bosporus. Yes, the Turks are feeding us well. AndContinue reading “Because Moms Worry”