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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Turkey - Day 3

From Istanbul

Jamie and I were flying out this evening, so we had another day to kill in Istanbul.  We had seen and done pretty much everything that we really wanted to and it was raining, so we decided to find a movie theater and catch a flick.  Remember, there are no movie theaters in Saudi, so seeing a movie is a treat. 

We made our way across town using the fabulous public transportation system (we really do miss that) and found a great mall.  We had hoped to see the new Lincoln Lawyer movie but we missed it by 10 minutes and opted for Little Red Riding Hood instead.  It was decent enough.  Great theater though.

We caught a shuttle to the airport when we got back to our hostel, flew a quick 55 minute flight Izmir, but were stumped about how to get to our hostel in Selcuk.  We knew it was about an hour drive, but we really didn’t know how to get there.  We found some wonderful information about public busses that go to Selcuk, but we couldn’t find the actual bus.  Instead, I stumbled on a private but operated by our airline, Atlasjet, and they offered a FREE shuttle to Selcuk.  It is now my favorite airline.

The bus dropped us off in the middle of the city.  We must have looked confused because a nice guy offered to help us find our way.  He took us to his friends restaurant until we called our hostel and they picked us up. Very good luck and very nice people.

We arrived at Atilla’s Getaway Hostel a little after 9:30 at night and tucked in for the night.  Long day tomorrow touring Ephesus.

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