Recently, I have been delinquent in posting several travel diaries directly after the fact, so I’m doing some catch-up. Yet, I don’t want to be that boring person who subjects friends and family to hours of travel stories and photos. Also, I feel like your first travels as an international teacher can be like pictures of the first baby–every second captured and posted immediately. Yet, then you become one of those jaded travelers who only choose the aisle seat. Who navigate money changes and passport entry with a yawn. Who take pride in going where ex-pats like to travel–not Bali, Bromo. Not Sydney, Siem Riep. Not Taipei, Trawangan (one of the Gili Islands off of Lombok).
So for this school year, with my parents coming for Christmas I used my “rest and relaxation” travel money, not to go home, but to join a tour of Turkey. A local scholar, Dan Fennell, led us to the sites where each of the 7 churches of Revelations had been located.
Here are a few pictures from the experience–I just wish I had more Instagram quality pix of the food (olives of every kind, feta cheese, apricots, cherry jam, simit, doner kebabs . . . ). But here are just a few of the incredible ruins and natural geography that every Turkish person simply expects as part of the backdrop to their daily lives: