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And we’re done.

On Jan 5th, we left Phoenix for Bangkok and on Nov 5th we will return to Seattle. It has been 10 months of being on the road living out a trip that we had planned for two years. The money is gone (more than we expected!) and the adventure is over. I can’t believed it has been that long. Continue reading


The Brawl, or I Hate Turkish Cabbies

Read the Lonely Planet.  Read any other travel book and they will all forewarn you that the biggest annoyance in Istanbul are the taxi drivers. There is no meter, so you’re advised to agree on a price before you get in the car.  AS IF that works. As we found out, it doesn’t.

We met my sister Emy and her husband Charlie in Istanbul.  While the Greiners enjoyed their 4 star hotel (sadly right next to the train tracks, but did the beautiful hotel description mention that? I think not), Tim and I went down the street to a hostel and shared an ok room with yet another stinky  and moist bathroom.  But this too, shall pass, I kept telling myself. Continue reading