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3 days of evil
03/01/2010, Maple Valley, WA

Well, we have 3 days of tiredness and travel to look forward to now that we're going back to Turkey. We have an overnight flight to JFK and then we get to go sightseeing in New York in the snow (I hope that they have snowplows at the airport)! After that (assuming we can take off) we take the 10 hour flight to Istanbul. (Actually it's more like the 30 hour flight with time-changes included.) Then we rest before we fly down to Dalaman (about forty km away from Marmaris). Marmaris is still a taxi ride away, though!

Anyhow, my next blog will either be from JFK or Istanbul.

02/28/2010, Maple Valley, WA

Well, we're leaving tomorrow, so tonight will be our last night in Jerry and Laura's home. Then it's off to Istanbul (via New York). We have something like a 6 hour layover in New York so we'll be able to see the sights. Hopefully I'll be able to post a blog before we board.

After New york we board a flight to Istanbul. Then we spend a few nights recovering in Istanbul (the flight will be very tiring) before we fly to Dalaman (40 or so kilometers from our final destination). After that, we take a taxi(?) to Marmaris.

But, for now we're holed up in sunny cloudy Maple Valley.

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Sunny Seattle
02/16/2010, Maple Valley, WA

The reason that I titled this blog "Sunny Seattle" was because it has been quite sunny -- or rather Seattle sunny (which means that it's been raining). Actually, as I'm writing this blog, the sun just emerged! But, you can click here for a NOAA forecast for Maple Valley.

Anyhow, things have been boring but interesting around here. My dad went to a Red Cross class yesterday which is a requirement for his Coast Guard license while we just drove around town doing errands. But other than that, things have been kind of boring.

We've been watching the Olympics as a nighttime activity.

Bye for now!

Oh, say, does that Star Spangled banner yet wave...
01/31/2010, Salt Lake City, UT

Well, we're in the U.S. now. We made it! After long flights, connections, and car rides, we're in SLC, Utah. I'm sorry that I haven't been keeping up with my blog lately, but that's how things go, I guess.

Anyhow, Salt Lake City reminds me of Istanbul -- cold and snowy (we got 2" this morning (it's all melted)). But the air here is terrible. If you've ever been to Los Angeles... (The first four of the top five cities with the worst air pollution are in Utah. Salt Lake City's #1. The last city is not even in California.) But the recent snow-storm hopefully will have cleared it out.

It's been fun seeing all of our family on my mom's side. Hopefully we'll continue to have fun! :-)

One long day
01/28/2010, Seattle, WA

Well, we made it!! It was a hugely long flight (actually I thought that it was quite short for its length) and we are still very tired. We woke up at 5:30 a.m. this morning (about 3:30 p.m. Istanbul time)!!

But we are flying out to SLC in a couple of hours. (By 'we' I mean me and my mom.) So that should be fun. That's when the vaction starts. Right now we're just trying to get to the vacation! :-)

Ok, see my dad's blog for more updates.

01/09/2010, Marmar is Turkey

Well, tonight's the big night!!!! My dad (not me) has acquired free tickets from Yat Marin office to the kick-boxing match tonight. So he's going, but I am staying firmly planted here on the boat.

Nothing's been happening lately. It's just the old routine of waking up in the morning, getting out of bed, going out of the cabin door, coming into the salon, etc. etc. Pretty boring.

Anyhow, we'll be back in America on Jan. 27 (the 28th actually as we will be arriving late on the 27th).

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