Istanbul Postcard

Istanbul Postcard

  It’s no secret that Turkey is one of my favorite countries in the entire world, so it should come as no surprise that its largest city,  İstanbul, is that siren that is always calling my name.  Jim and I […]

Bullfighting Oil Wrestling

Bullfighting and Oil Wrestling in the Kaçkar Mountains of Turkey

That’s some serious bull! Along with the melting of the snow, the green pastures of the yayla (high pastures) bring a sense of excitement to the isolated people of the Kaçkar mountains.  It is a time for picnics and festivals.  In Artvin, […]

Turkish Roses

Turkish Roses and Rose Oil (Part I) – Sleepy and Muddy, but Smelling Pretty

How we helped harvest the Damascena Roses Driving along Lake Burdur in Spring, we enjoyed the golden glow of the landscapes and watching the storks caring for their young.  We were heading to a tiny village outside of Isparta where […]

Exchanges Travel Better

Cultural Exchanges and Making Lifelong Friends!

Getting to Know Your Global Cousins For some reason, I just assumed that cultural exchanges were for students.  There are all types of student exchanges in high school and in college.  I never really expected there to be opportunities like that […]

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