Thanksgiving in Turkey

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hThat’s Canadian Thanksgiving which happens in October. I traveled to Turkey in October with a group that consisted of Indonesians, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Canadians, Australians and Americans.

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:


About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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6 Responses to Thanksgiving in Turkey

  1. newtreemom says:

    What an interesting tour! It must have been interesting to travel with people from so many countries, too. Love the library picture!

    • jaclynfre says:

      Would you believe there were no books in that library? 🙂 Ephesus is really beautiful. I had not expected that it would be such a vibrant port city. It is a popular destination for luxury cruise liners today. Which feels weird if you’ve only known it from the pages of the Bible. Thanks for visiting.

  2. mrssurridge says:

    Seven Churches of Revelation–what a fascinating tour that would be! It sounds like you got quite an education on your “vacation”. Thanks for sharing.

  3. aggiekesler says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Turkey…thanks for sharing your pics! 🙂
    By the way, I can totally relate to what you said about posting everything the first time you begin traveling, and then tapering off the more you travel.

    • jaclynfre says:

      Thanks for reading my hastily scrawled memories. I would never have put Turkey on my list were it not for this opportunity to join the tour. But it is AMAZING! I think I was especially in love because I went in October and I hadn’t experienced autumn colors and temps in sooo long. (Actually, I did go to Seoul during the previous October break which was delightful so . . . I have to be honest. I simply adore autumn!) Looking forward to catching up on more of your travel posts. Happy Friday!

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