My Summer Travel Adventure Begins!
First things first — I am blogging this from 10,000 feet in the air! I’m so excited flights offer internet, these days! I’m sure I’ll read that statement looking back on my blogs like a year from now and think that comment of mine is “so 2010, so old!” but at this moment I am amazed to be blogging on my awesome new 10-inch netbook as I fly from Philly to Paris (Mar and I will be catching our connecting flight there and headed off for our Turkey adventure). Anyway, another adventure begins! This is a 2-part adventure for me; Turkey and then Israel. Oh, we have so much planned!
(So side note, now I’m blogging on the boat in Turkey using wifi. Apparently, after I paid $10 for air internet, my connection was lost 100 miles off the coast of the continental US.)
Anyway, my morning started off at 3am when I got up in the middle of the night to go and work the morning drive reporter shift. My boss was super nice to switch my hours so I’d be sure to catch my flight, today. It’s been a while since I worked the hours that allowed me to watch the sunrise over the Ben Franklin Bridge, as per our amazing newsroom view:
It was a rainy dreary morning. I was tired and still had to finish packing! Morning texts from Marlo kept me pumped! Dan came by after work. He watched me pack and call Israel. He was in a good mood as usual and it was so great to have him there. Then we were off!
Photo at a red light:
We made a quick pit-stop at Andrew’s place, where he loaded up my netbook with movies and shows… and then we swung around to go and get Marlo!
And another goodbye photo at the airport:
Ran to catch the flight (of course)… we’re off!
Marlo and I arrive at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, ready for our connecting flight to Istanbul.
Here’s the view of Istanbul from the plane as we’re landing:
Now that we’re in Turkey, we have to hop a domestic flight to the port city of Bodrum to meet up with everyone on our yacht where we’ll be sleeping at the dock; tomorrow we sail.
The flight to Bodrum was only an hour, but they still fed us (flights abroad are so much better than local ones). It seems strange being served turkey in Turkey… or maybe I just think this is funny because it’s been a while since I got some solid sleep.
Clare’s Turkish husband Koray who has pretty much organized this whole trip arranges for us to be picked up in Bodrum. Nearly 24 hours after leaving Philly, we meet up with the rest of the group as they are hanging out on the boat. We get a warm welcome of cheers and hugs!
Well now that we’ve arrived in Bodrum and seen our boat, it’s time to explore the restaurants, markets and clubs in this port city!
My new favorite street food is this turkish “potato bar” in which you choose toppings for your baked potato.
And it tastes as good as it looks!
Back to the boat…
I’m really looking forward to seeing what Bodrum looks like in the daylight. Marlo really wants to go running at 7am before we sail. She points out running is a great way to see a city. I agree. I told her it’s her job though to wake up and wake me up. So I better go to sleep for a bit. And with that, I will be lulled to sleep to the boom boom of Turkish club music being blasted from the open air venues all around us. See you tomorrow, Bodrum!