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Finally after.....

15 Flights, 6 Trains, Numerous Car Rides, Dozens of Metros, Multiple Trams, A handful of Ferries, 1 Balloon, 1 Horse and 1 Camel ride- we are back on US soil!!

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Yesterday we arrived at Washington DC (Dulles Airport) at around 7pm EST via Madrid, Spain. Our amazing journey, though not quite over (Yo says it is not over until we walk in our front door), is back in the "Land of the Free". I cannot tell you how incredible the last few months have truly been. Yona and I have started to take time to reflect and everytime we do it gets better and more rich. We arrived in DC to visit with our dear friends Zanna and David Yardas and their family. Last night as we savored our first home cooked meal in a long time (though we had a few "home cooked meals" on the road they were not the same), Yona and I just began to ramble on and on. We have so much to tell it is overwhelming. I am sure all our friends will get many different versions and ideas all from our experience--and all who have read the blog have already got some. I want to express my great thanks to all the family and friends who read and commented on our blog. We had fun telling the tales and relished in the comments- checking constantly when we posted something new.

On a personal note, this trip has been one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life (just below obviously things like the births of my children). I have learned so much about myself and how the I relate to the world. I am so blessed to have such a brave family and an amazing wife willing to step out of regular life and ride along the edges of the great unknown. As a family we have had our moments- laughing, crying, fighting and loving and every other emotion on the chart. Many times we have been asked if we have become closer? We have all grown in so many ways from this experience and what I believe makes us closer is the shared experience itself--we were all out there together through the ups and down, good and bad, ugly and beautiful....all of it. This bond will live with us forever.

Thanks for coming along!!!!!!!!

Posted by sherpaBen 05:24 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel Comments (10)

Final Update

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Final Reflection

As we are nearing the finale of our Million Trips i have had some time to think about the good bad and best.

I have really enjoyed this trip because it has taught me to not have a fear of travel and that i can go anywhere in the world to travel and i will never have an issue. It has also taught me how to deal in harsh conditions, like in india where it was gross and smelly but i pulled through even with sickness(I even went on a tiger safari when i was throwing up).

I will rate each place on a scale of 1-10 and give a general description of what i liked and disliked (for future travelers).

Japan:
Rating:7

Description:

I really enjoyed Japan. It was a new experience because everything was so orderly and clean. I actually got really inspired in Tokyo. I even changed my 8th grade project from womens rights to Harajuku fashion. The clothes just caught my eye and really made me want to look into the style. The food was decent because I do not enjoy fish, so everything that was "amazing" really wasn't my type of food. Overall it was a new and great experience and i hope to return soon.

China:
Rating:3.5

Description:

It was LOUD. The sound was crazy and the cars even crazier. Other than that it was decent. The food was gross and the activities satisfactory. For me it was to big and dirty in the cities. The country was beautiful and serene. The food that we ate with Yunxin and his family was really tasty and the location of his house was in a beautiful little village. Overall there was some good and some bad.

Hong Kong:
Rating: unavailable due to sickness

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Hong kong was like a mini Japan. Everything was neat and proper. I was sick 2 out of the 3 days so much of hong kong was left unseen. I did find some great face wash in the mall, though i am upset that they dont sell it in the usa :(. NO OVERALL.

India:
Rating:1 maybe even a .5
Lorettas rating: 10000000000000000+++++++

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AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was mayhem! the cars were crazy the honking was excessive and to make matters worse I was partially healthy 3 days out of the 2 and a half weeks we were there. I cant believe i didn't bale out in the beginning. At some points it was so gross and dirty that I was reduced to tears. The food wasn't very good, with the exception of a couple places. Though all i could really eat was naan and rice. I never really got to try a bunch of food because i was always sick. Also in one place I got 40 + mosquito bites in one night ( my face was covered as well as my body).

The best part was having Loretta as our leader. She was so nice and totally helped us out when we were sick and got us through the angry mobs. I would recommend her to anyone who is thinking of going to India and is looking for the "real life experience." I would definitely return if she invited us to her wedding but otherwise it may be a long while before I go back.

......The Taj Mahal was spectacular though.

Turkey:
Rating:8

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I love turkey! It has by far been the best experience of this trip. Though it is the last stop because of the volcano it has definitely lived up to the occasion of being the last stop. These last few days have been so fun. Today I spent the day with my mom shopping for gifts. We also just had a late night pool party. In Turkey I have had so much fun, from playing Doctor/surgery with Posa (basically tickling her and making her laugh ( Adrian made this game) ) to the food. It has all been great!

LOVELOVELOVE,

Rae

Posted by Arellaskye 12:23 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (3)

Dolmabache Palace

The grandest of all

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wow the Dolmabache Palace. It is breath taking. The palace was created for the 31st sultan. It is a very European influenced building. During the construction they imported a lot of elements for decoration and design. We started by waiting in a very long line. About halfway through the line the army security guards did their marching around the courtyard and everyone stopped to watch. As we were captivated by their synchronization multiple people snaked in front of us. My mom then did her sneaky line cutting and got us to the front again. Then we got to the main door just in time to catch the next English tour. The palace museum offers tours in both English and Turkish every 15 minutes. Our guide spoke great English though her accent was a bit thick. We started by going through the visitors quarters. These rooms were used to hold meetings and give visitors a place to rest before and after events. Then we went up the stairs. It had the 3rd biggest chandelier weighing in at 1 ton. It is completely made out of English crystal. Then we ventured into the dining room. It was huge!!! The rug that covered the ground was at least 60 feet by 30 feet. It is massive!!!!!! W hen i stood in the room and saw the rug all i thought was "jeez that's big!" Then we sped off to the sultans room. We got to free explore the several rooms. One of the rooms had a bed for the Sultan that was 8+ feet long. That was one big sultan :) LOL! To see the luxury of that bed was so different. Nobody today would buy a completely gold bed. It just shows how rich the sultans were. Then we went to the ceremonial hall. When the our tour group walked in everyone was silent in awe! WOW! The ceiling was completely painted and the paintings were so intricate. The colors were so vibrant and perfect it looked like you were looking out to into real balconies. The main dome was a seiries of painted balconies. The paintings looked 3D from the ground! Then there were mosaics of angels and Jesus. They were surrounded by gold mosaic tiles. Then in the middle was a massive chandelier. It was easily 2 tons or more! It must have been 8 feet tall and hung about 70+ feet below the top of the arch. (Sigh)

LoVe

RAERAE

Posted by Arellaskye 12:07 Archived in Turkey Tagged tourist_sites Comments (2)

Which ever way the wind blows

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We are back in Istanbul again. Yesterday we faced the difficult decision to cancel our flights to Hungary and the UK. We couldn't rationalize flying into the ash cloud with the possibility that we wouldn't be able to fly out and make it to NYC in time for Ben's step-sister's wedding. So, we opted to cut the trip short and head back to the states early. We consoled our disappointment by arranging to visit our good friends in Washington DC for a few days before we head up to NYC. When I asked the kids, "Spain or the Yardas'?" It was an immediate unanimous answer. Of course, by the time we thought it out and considered all the options, and then waited on hold to the airlines for two hours, the earliest flights out of Istanbul to the US were on Thursday! So we have another three days here--Emotionally, it felt like we ended the trip when we canceled the last few weeks in Europe. So now there is a little struggle with the waiting time to get homeward bound. Tonight, the usual dinner issues--where to eat, who isn't going to like it, who got to pick last, what kind of food to eat, what time should we eat--had Ben and I grinding our teeth. I miss home!

Everything about the last week is a big fat lesson of letting go of control--a common theme in my life! Maybe common for many people, at least in Europe right now!
Our time in Cappadocia was a hop out of step--I brushed against the frustration of life not going my way so many times!
I think Ben mentioned that our guide couldn't speak English very well? At first, her accent was funny with the way she emphasized the wrong syllable of each word. But she also thought that raising the level of her voice would make her more understandable. (I notice this is a common reaction when people aren't sure about being understood.) For us this meant our day with her consisted of her yelling at us her oft repeated version of Cappadocian history in response to any questions about the area--"the Christians came to cave howwwzes in 1st centureeee" or other basic observations such as "look at the pigeon howwwwses" "lots of pigeon howwwzes" "seeeeee the baby Jeeeesus" or our favorite "see yes the big mounteeeen" This one in response to our efforts to inquire about some pillars we could see on top of two large mountains near Avanos. We were all mystified about what ruins would be on top of the mountain, but we couldn't get her to understand what we were talking about--she repeated this in about 7 different variations--"there are two mountains" "the mountain is high" "it is very tall" Aarrghh! We gave up. Fortunately for us, the next lesson in letting go solved that mystery!

We had to do the hottest thing to do in Cappadocia--a dawn hot air balloon ride over the crazy rock formations. Of course, the day of our reserved trip, Posie had a fever, so we rebooked for the next day and couldn't get the early sunrise time slot. I was bummed to miss the great photo ops. We decided it was all for the best since we wouldn't have to wake the kids at 5AM--we didn't even mind that the breakfast cookies were picked over, or that there were no clean glasses left for tea, or that we were in a balloon with 12 LOUD talking tourists from Japan and China (we are immune to that now, and of course they had to take pics with Posa), -----it was the wind that got to us.
Notice that all the other balloons are over there....way over there, over the cool rocks and we are over the fields heading for the highway?
looking back to all the other balloons

looking back to all the other balloons

getting high

getting high


As we drifted farther and farther away, I asked Hussien, the balloon man, "how do you steer this?" His reply,"whad ever ways da winds go." OK. So the winds decided to answer our earlier query and we found ourselves drifting far away from the Cappadocia Valley right towards the "two big mounteeenns." And we did get to see what the pillars were all about--
LAND ART! Who climbs up here and gathers all these rocks into these neatly stacked stone walls? A crazy Aussie, of course!
The ride was getting quite exciting at this point, especially with the unknown destination and landing zone predictions being yelled out by Adrian every few moments. "we're gonna crash land in that circle!" "We're gonna hit that mountain!" "the balloon is gonna pop on those rocks!" "we're gonna land in the rock circle and never be able to get out!" It was a bit unnerving to see the rescue jeep racing up over rough roads below us to try to catch us before we went over the other side of the ridge into Avanos Valley. The balloon guys were professionals, though we had to assume "landing" positions, we were brought down right on the trailer bed and hardly even tipped sideways or dragged along in the dirt too much. Adrian has a different version of course--you can ask him about the crash landing.
Floating over the mountains?

Floating over the mountains?


flying over the mountain top art

flying over the mountain top art


coming for a landing

coming for a landing

our possible crash site--

our possible crash site--

haeding down sideways

haeding down sideways


open the vents!

open the vents!

trying to hold down the balloon

trying to hold down the balloon

landing site

landing site

And the moral of the story is: the wind blows where it will, and we have to deal with the consequences as they come to us--sometimes changing direction comes with a treat, like seeing much missed friends or getting the best view of art from above or just having to eat more rich and tasty Mediterranean food for a few more days...
The favorite meal to order

The favorite meal to order

Posted by MamaYo 15:49 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (5)

Boo Hoo

Mother Nature is still the boss!!

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Just a quick update--due to the massive volcanic ash cloud we are sadly having to cancel our european leg of the tour. The airport in Hungary is shut down until monday so far and could be longer like other places. I am sure you all know about London. Our worry is that we might get to Hungary but might not get out. Actually it was very hard to change our flights due to the chaos from the volcano. As sad as it makes us, after calling about flights, if we keep a wait and see attitude we might not get out of Istanbul for weeks. Even as I write this the sadness is growing to think that our great adventure is ending, especially like this. You know what they say though--You Can't Mess With Mother Nature!!!!

Posted by sherpaBen 03:59 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (5)

On the road to find out

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We have seen small glimpses of Turkish life outside the metropolis of Istanbul and the hot pockets of tourism at Ephesus and Cappadocia. I can't say we have truly experienced and lived in the culture as we have in other countries--maybe if we had gone to stay in the nomad camp down by the border of Iraq.....!!!! hahah
Despite not being sure that we really KNOW Turkey, I can say that the entire family really loves what we do know of this country so far, and we all look forward to another visit in the future. Food is effortless and delicious, language is manageable, people are approachable and friendly, history is rich and captivating, and the land is absolutely, amazingly beautiful.
view from near our hotel

view from near our hotel

one of many volcanoes in Cappadocia region

one of many volcanoes in Cappadocia region


Sort of a mix of Utah canyon lands and California mountain volcanos with the colors of Nevada sagebrush and hills--feels like home to me!

We rented a car and took a long drive out of the Cappadocia tourist valley--Ben and I were gasping at the open beauty and space. That little time in the car, cruising along with our family on our own time, was the golden nugget of our journey--that moment of togetherness and peace that filled our souls with calm and ease. Funny that we had to come all the way around the world to find it! Life is so hectic and busy, (no matter where you are)--In my life, I am constantly searching for the magical way to keep all five of us in harmony. A big part of this journey was my desire to exit life as we know it, leave behind the distractions of the life we have lived, the home, the comforts, the patterns, so we might see a stripped down version of ourselves and our family. Of course, you can't leave your self behind completely, but out here on the road, we have gotten close many times--sometimes from the pain and anguish (INDIA), and other times that perfect moment just comes upon us all at the same time.
Out on the plain driving out into the countryside of Turkey, was one of those times.
middle of nowhere

middle of nowhere

Top of the mountain

Top of the mountain

on the way up

on the way up

happy times

happy times

giggle attack

giggle attack

Posted by MamaYo 02:16 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (4)

The Trustman Roadshow Rides Again!

Literally!!!

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Hello friends and neighbors. Writing here from the beautiful Cappadocia region of Turkey. A few surprises here:
1. How unexplainable the cave houses are without showing pictures-and still hard to believe.
2. The mega tourism this place brings in! It reminds me of Alaska-busloads of camera bearing people dropped here and there for picture taking.

On to the story of the day. After firing our tour guide and driver yesterday (that is another story, but in short we have been on the road and experienced so many different things we don't have time for situations that aren't meeting our needs and we would not suffer through 2 more inadequate days of bad english mixed with lack of knowledge.) We arranged a horseback ride with the "Horse Whisperer" of the region, he supposedly tames wild horses in the area. Yo had been talking about doing this for days, which caused a great amount of worry with Adrian. You see, he has NEVER ridden a horse before, prompting him to panic that Yo will say he has, and he will not know what to do--they ARE big animals. We get to the stable and The Whisperer shows us our horses.
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What I thought going in was, "Well, we will get some nice horses, super mellow ones for the kids and have a little walk around the area." We got horses alright, just not the kind I was thinking. Now I have not rode a horse in about 25 years, but as I said, I was thinking "nice easy horses". It all started when I got on the horse and they said ride her around the corral. She did not quite want to do what I wanted her to and she was throwing her head around like her bit was freaking her out. No problems right? And off we go!!

So we start down the road and neither the kids, Yo, nor I can control the horses at all- they have decided to eat grass along the side of the road and when we try and get them to move, they prance around wildly and head back for the grass. By the way, did I mention that here you don't say "Whoa!" to stop, but just utter different levels of SHHHHH (as in OH S**T).
Here we are, SHUSHING, prancing, and flailing down the road. Poor Adri, bless his brave soul, got up there and tried-they didn't even give him a little lesson on how to ride--and it was hard for us to help him as we were struggling with our animals. He did not have a chance, but he did not freak out, he just couldn't do it. So we asked the guide to lead his horse for him (this is not the end of Adri's story though).
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Continuing down the road, Yona and I start to notice that our horses don't really like each other. Every time we get near each other the horses start to freak out, ears straight back and prancing and juking (also note that Yo has not rode horses in a while, she is holding Po in front of her with one hand and is riding an Australian style saddle with no horn!). Now for Arella--her horse is still interested in eating,(note her in the background of the above picture) and she seems unable to do anything about it( read not pulling hard and letting the horse know who is boss). With this happening, she is continually falling behind. When her horse notices how far behind they are, the horse just runs up to us--mind you Rae has no control over this. This pattern finally culminates in Arella seemingly stuck at the top of a little hill, while her horse continues to graze and then decides to join the group by running down the hill with Arella's arms just flailing in the air with the reins. Tears ensue, and the horse ride is spiraling out of control heading for a quick termination. Yona hollers to the guide and asks if Rae can switch horses with Adri--since the guide is leading Adri, and we assume he was put on the mellowest horse. The switch is made and Rae agrees to continue on (this is not the end of Arella's story though).P1030549.jpg
Arella starts to do better, my horse stops flipping her head wildly, freaking out at the bit, Yona has figured out to stay behind me so our horses don't fight, Adri is being led, and we continue SHUSHING down the road. We actually get in a bit of a groove, when we start to ride by some farms with grapes and budding olive trees. Sounds beautiful right? Well, what you may not know is that Adrian has really bad allergies that lead to migraine headaches and when we had him tested last year the thing he was most allergic to (and I mean off the charts) was olive trees. He starts to sneeze. And sneeze. And sneeze. And........ you get the picture. He must have sneezed 100 times or more in 20 minutes. Soon we are out of the fields, through a little village and up the red valley to the top of a huge old cave house (looks like a hotel). large_P1030534.jpglarge_P1030533.jpglarge_P1030536.jpg
When we get off the horses for a break, poor Adrian's eyes are all swollen and red, his hankie soaked with snot, and he is miserable (this is not the end of Adrian's story though).
We rest and explore the cave house/hotel, then start up again--first walking our horses down the big hill( a good call in my view) and then loading on. As we head through the village streets, we actually have a good groove going and we are feeling good, that is as long as Yona and I keep our horses away from each other which is troublesome sometimes. large_P1030546.jpglarge_P1030545.jpg

Next we come to Love Valley. As I look around, I am thinking, "Is everybody thinking what I am thinking?" Apparently yes, because a few minutes later Yona says, "Do you think they call it Love Valley because all these formations look quite phallic?" I am thinking, "Well they couldn't just call it Dick Valley could they?" large_P1030556.jpg
Finally, we are out of the valleys making our way back to the stables, when Adrian asks if he can have one of the sandwiches? We beg for him to just wait, but he is in an allergic reaction panic and saying he has a headache. We plead with him to just hold out for another half hour, but his desperate sounding pleas keep coming. Finally, we decide to stop because Yo cannot handle the wildness of her horse, while holding onto Po, grab a sandy out of her backpack, and get close enough to A's horse to give it to him. Back to what I said at the beginning, "I thought we would get nice, mellow horses." As we all try to stop, all our horses start to tromp into this farm field of loose dirt. My horse is doing circles, Yo's horse is doing circles and Rae's horse is doing circles--all in the soft dirt. Circles and circles but not stopping. It was comical. Finally the guide gets off his horse, gets Adri off his horse, and grabs Po from Yona, while holding all 3 horses. At this point, we are all a little displeased with Adrian for demanding a sandwich (which by the way has cheese and vegetables in it that we know he is going to dissect and not eat) when the coup de grace happens-We turn to see Arella's horse rolling on the ground. She gets up and stomps away, arms crossed, red faced, trying to hold back tears. Everyone is mad at Adrian, lead by Arella who is in tears. He picks apart half of 2 sandwiches, and all mounted up again, we set off for home. As I said before, it wasn't like these were mellow horses that Yo could just stop and or even get off easily--this was a scene out of a Laurel and Hardy film.
We head for the stable, saddle-soreness is really starting to settle in, and I am thinking, "Note to self-- 2 hour horse tour too short, 4 hour horse tour too long!-OUCH!!!"

We did finish and get our Turkish Tea!! Looking back it was a great adventure and as you have read, a great story. We got to see a lot of the valleys and beautiful places that would have been hard to do on foot and by car in just 4 fun filled hours.
All in all, a great day!!!!!!! And just another episode of the Trustman Roadshow--coming to a town near you!! Anyone up for a little adventure?
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Ephesus

The Fun Place

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Today we went to Ephesus. For those of you that don’t know what Ephesus is, here is an explanation (I won't make you look it up this time). Ephesus is a city from early b.c to the early a.d. It is considered to be one of the best sites for ancient ruins. I certainly think so. Ephesus was the New York of ancient times. The city is giant and 80% unexcavated. What they have excavated is the biggest ancient theatre in the whole world. It held 24,000 people. Another quick fact I’d think you'd like to know (it is really your choice if you want to read it or not) is that in Ephesus, you have the unique experience of being able to do anything you want (with a few exceptions). You can touch any ruins. Now lets go back to the story.
We end up waiting in line for thirty minutes because of a tour bus that got to Ephesus before us (dang tourists). We mostly stand around and examine the ruins that lay before us. My Dad finally comes out of the line to give us our tickets (hallelujah). My Mom ends up hiring a guide so that we can get all of the information. The guide is a really old man who speaks good English. He gives a really long introduction. Arella and I play with a coin. After our guide finishes, we get on our way. I think the best part about the ruins is jumping around on them. It’s like a giant jungle gym. "No more play grounds, just visit Ephesus" should be their new advertisement. We come upon the antique toilets. It’s a big place where it has toilets all along the sides. It was pretty funny. My Dad made a constipated face in the pictures. Next we visit the temple of Emperor Hadrian (my namesake). My mom takes pictures of me inside the temple. I try to make my my "I'm a super badass emperor" face. I don't think it worked out. All of us kids end up playing around. We set off again. This time we go to the library. It is a big structure that is pretty intact. It looks so cool from the outside that you'd think it would be the jousting arena; but no, it is the library. I thought it was the coolest thing in Ephesus (besides my temple). I was wrong. Next, we went to the Grand Theatre (the biggest ancient theatre in the world, need I say more). It is humongous! Us three kids immediately start climbing up the stairs. Rae and Po stop in a lower part but I keep going. I reach the top. The view is magnificent (fit for the emperor I am). I stay up there for most of the time. Our tour is over. Our guide leaves. We have a picnic up on the top of the theatre. Next we have something of our own to do. We go to the place that you have to pay extra to get into the special houses. I walk up on to the walkway. I see that it really is amazing. There are beautiful mosaics that are colorful and well preserved. There are even some paintings. The marble looks beautiful. I can't really describe it that well, so look at it in the pictures (it is your choice, though you will be missing out if you don't look, so just look, o.k). This is all for now. See ya!

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Cooking Class Pics


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Cooking class


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Yesterday my mom and I attended a Turkish cooking class. It was extremely fun. There were 11 people in the class and 2 chefs/teachers. The class was roughly 4 hrs long and we made a 5-course meal for us and other customers who had reserved tables. We started by splitting up the jobs. I was put on cookie dough making (my specialty). My mom opted to be onion chopper. After she had cut a few onions the head chef came over and cut one in super thin slices in less than 2 minutes, then he prepared one for dicing. My mom finished this one off and then we moved on to making the filling for various items (I will not mention because we will recreate them when we get home so I don’t want to ruin it). We then proceded to chop, dice, mash, smash, puree, and peel almost everything. Then the cookies were rolled, baked and then doused in 3 cups of sugar syrup. YYYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then came the eating. It was delectable. It was easily the best food I have eaten the entire trip ( besides the lamb dolmas which were gross). I had enjoyed making it and eating it so much. My favorite was the cookies. I will be making these ASAP when i get home.

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Grilled Fish!

Not to shabby.

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Lately we've been eating fish. It started 2 days ago when my Mom and I called for a fish revolution. From then on we have been having as much fish as possible (until tonight when Arella and Po won out. We got pizza). The fish here is amazing. The fish guys know their stuff. The other night Arella babysat while my Mom and Dad went out. Apparently they got turbot (if you don't know what it is, look it up. Seriously). They said it was delicious. I've been trying to get to get turbot since then. No luck so far. At least we did find out that the chocolate fountain that has been in front of the street that leads up to our apartment is delicious. It had been waiting waiting there, so tantalizing, yet so out of reach. Last night we caved in. It was awesome. This is all for now. The Bean is out!
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Posted by DA Bean 00:58 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (5)

Missing Y'all

I was just having that all important wave of homesickness.

I really am missing everyone of you guys and look forward to seeing you all very soon. I hope you have enjoyed our travels so far!

Love y'all so much

--- Arella

Posted by Arellaskye 13:07 Comments (4)

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a small reflection

all seasons in one day

As we are nearing the finale of our Million Trips i have had some time to think about the good bad and best.

I have really enjoyed this trip because it has taught me to not have a fear of travel and that i can go anywhere in the world to travel and i will never have an issue. It has also taught me how to deal in harsh conditions, like in india where it was gross and smelly but i pulled through even with sickness(I even went on a tiger safari when i was throwing up).

I will rate each place on a scale of 1-10 and give a general description of what i liked and disliked (for future travelers).

Japan:
Rating:7

Description:

I really enjoyed Japan. It was a new experience because everything was so orderly and clean. I actually got really inspired in Tokyo. I even changed my 8th grade project from womens rights to Harajuku fashion. The clothes just caught my eye and really made me want to look into the style. The food was decent because I do not enjoy fish, so everything that was "amazing" really wasn't my type of food. Overall it was a new and great experience and i hope to return soon.

China:
Rating:3.5

Description:

It was LOUD. The sound was crazy and the cars even crazier. Other than that it was decent. The food was gross and the activities satisfactory. For me it was to big and dirty in the cities. The country was beautiful and serene. The food that we ate with Yunxin and his family was really tasty and the location of his house was in a beautiful little village. Overall there was some good and some bad.

Hong Kong:
Rating: unavailable due to sickness

Description:

Hong kong was like a mini Japan. Everything was neat and proper. I was sick 2 out of the 3 days so much of hong kong was left unseen. I did find some great face wash in the mall, though i am upset that they dont sell it in the usa :(. NO OVERALL.

India:
Rating:1 maybe even a .5
Lorettas rating: 10000000000000000+++++++

Description:

AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was mayhem! the cars were crazy the honking was excessive and to make matters worse I was partially healthy 3 days out of the 2 and a half weeks we were there. I cant believe i didn't bale out in the beginning. At some points it was so gross and dirty that I was reduced to tears. The food wasn't very good, with the exception of a couple places. Though all i could really eat was naan and rice. I never really got to try a bunch of food because when it wasn't a faucet it was blocked up and when it was a faucet i really didnt feel up to eating anything because of the cramps. Also in one place I got 40 + mosquito bites in one night ( my face was covered as well as my body). The best part was having Loretta as our leader. She was so nice and totally helped us out when we were sick and got us through the angry mobs. I would recommend her to anyone who is thinking of going to India and is looking for the "real life experience." I would definitely return is she invited us to her wedding but otherwise it may be a long while before I go back.

......The Taj Mahal was spectacular though.

Turkey:
Rating:8 maybe 7.5 (final result pending)

Description:

I love Istanbul and I cant wait to see the rest of turkey. I have been eating good food for nearly 3 weeks and i am loving it. One night it is insanely good meat balls and the next it is pizza that is almost good as the stuff in Italy. My mom and i are taking part in a cooking class tomorrow and then we head off to Ephesus. Only time will tell!

LOVELOVELOVE,

Rae

Posted by Arellaskye 12:32 Archived in Turkey Tagged family_travel Comments (3)

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