Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Istanbul, Turkey- take three!

WE HAD AN AWESOME time this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey!

As some of you might not understand, Turkey is a negotiators paradise.
That means bargaining for almost anything you can think of.
A quick and efficient trip... one Turkmenistan carpet traded for a 3rd generation 40 gb iPod, four small pillows cases made of old Turkish kilims, a pair of 100 year old donkey transport bags from Turkmenistan for 100 EUR, one ceramic floral tile, four pairs of silver earrings for 50 YTL, two body butter lotions from The Body Shop (two for the price of one holiday special) and several gallons of pommegranete tasty sweet yet with a lasting bittery and rewarding taste were consumed.
Friday we went on a tourist cruise boat that was almost sunk by a huge cargo ship's wave carrying items down from the Black Sea. We saw the ship, very large ship, and then realized we were sitting on the bow of the boat, about 2 feet above the water level on some cushions. Before we could gather our items and flee to higher ground the wave was upon us and I was soaked from the knees down because of the water drainage hole in the bow which I was positioned directly above.
And on Monday Gordon received a new camera that he has been drooling over for the past year or more, so get ready for some new awesome inspiring pictures to come with his Olympus E-510 SLR 10.0 megamixel.
We are still hot on leads to next years teaching contracts. We are looking into mostly Africa and South America, but we will go almost anywhere.

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