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Cappadocia was NOT meant for Bicycles

The third day of our Intrepid Travel tour in Cappadocia involved bike riding... and let's just say that Pat and I are not bike people. It was an experience that I'm glad we attempted, but during those few hours, I'm sure we said once or twice that we would never get on a bike ever again!
May 21, 2012 · Continue Reading · 7
salim and pat walking

The Tour That Changed My Mind

I've always been an independent travel type of girl -- tending to shy away from big organized tours for the love of saving a couple bucks and having more free time, but... this tour really helped me see them in a different light.
May 9, 2012 · Continue Reading · 21
Turkish lamps

Turkey, You Get Me

To be honest, I was surprised I’d like Turkey so much. I think as soon as we left Istanbul, Turkish culture became real to me. I always feel that big cities are too worldly – there are generally too many cultures in one place, and too exposed to outside influences, not to mention too big and fast – to truly understand a country’s overall culture.
May 3, 2012 · Continue Reading · 21
walking in rain

White Knuckles: Getting Out of Istanbul Alive Part 2

Our first taxi driver from the airport to Bahaus Hostel shocked us, but in a good way. His care at every turn along with controlled speed made the trip on Easter Sunday morning — in completely desolate roads — something on par with sightseeing. Perhaps for a minute I thought Turkey had learned to drive in the few months since my departure in October.
April 17, 2012 · Continue Reading · 13
mosque in Istanbul

Getting Out of Istanbul Alive

When you travel in a country that is well-known for bad driving -- notorious for it even -- you might start to worry as soon as your taxi driver decides to answer his phone while driving at 80mph. Turkey is one of the most dangerous driving countries in the world. Here are my experiences from just 4 days in Istanbul.
January 3, 2012 · Continue Reading · 12

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