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03/04/2010, Marmaris, Turkey

As you can see from the blog location, we're in Marmaris. But our trip did not go without incident...

Our weird sleep patterns began in New York where we went to sleep at noon. But things didn't get any better. In the Apex hotel in Istanbul we went to sleep around 3 p.m. and I woke up at 11:30 p.m. (my parents slept 'til 1:30 a.m.). We then stayed in bed 'til about 4 a.m. at which point we got up and started to gather our stuff (our flight left at 7:05).

The shuttle was originally supposed to pick us up at 5:30, but when we were up so early we decided to have it come at 5. Luckily we did because we were just 15 minutes early for boarding our flight!

Since we made our flight and further plans to upset an uncomplicated trip were thwarted, we had a fairly uncomplicated bus and taxi ride to Marmaris (except for the slight price misunderstanding mentioned on my dad's recent blog...).

Anyhow, the photo is of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Oh, and for all you Turks...

Gördüľünüz Gibi'dan gelen blog konum, Marmaris'te. Ancak gezi olmadıľını olay ...

Bizim yönden uykunuzu modellerini'da bažlayan New York nereye uyuduľu öľleyin. Ama ama herhangi bir elde daha iyi. 'da Zirve Istanbul yanına gittik uykunuzu yaklažık 3 p.m. Ve uyandım saat 11:30 p.m. (Benim ebeveynlerinin cinsel 'til 1:30 a.m . ). Biz orada kaldı oda 'til yaklažık 4 a.m . Bu noktada kalkıp bažladı ve bir araya düdüklerini (uçak solda 7:05).

Bu havaalanına bažlangıçta olduľuna inandıľı için abd'de 5:30, ama biz bu kadar erken vermeye karar verdik de ve gelecek 5. Allahtan bizim için sadece 15 dakika erken yatılı bizim uçak!

Biz bizi uçak ve planlıyor bir ateže uncomplicated otel bertaraf olduľunu, bir oldukça uncomplicated otobüs ve taksi trene Marmaris'e (dıžında farkla fiyat anlažmazlıľının konusunda söz babam ayakkabı boyacısı fakat çok borcumuz var'in son blog ... ).

Ise, fotoľraf Mavi Cami.

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.

[::( )::]

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.

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