Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ten Things I've Done in Turkey

1) Taken my first hot-air balloon ride (for which I had to conquer what can only be described as a paralyzing and long-standing fear of heights, but from which I did not, surprisingly, vomit).
2) Ridden in a tourist van among the caves of Cappadocia while wearing oxygen -- it's high up there!
3) Hiked said caves of Cappadocia without the O2 (it stayed in the car for use as a blissful reprieve after the exertion).
4) Purchased a Turkish nebulizer.
5) Successfully operated my vest, eflow, and said Turkish nebulizer machine, as well as my portable O2 concentrator, on a 4-day gulet cruise of the Aegean Sea.
6) Sea kayaked and swam in the turquoise coast.
7) Blown a fuse in an Ephesus hotel with said (annoying) Turkish nebulizer machine.
8) Seen the house where the Virgin Mary supposedly spent the last few years of her lives and drunk from the apparently healing waters of her Holy Spring at the site.
9) Looked out over what our Turkish guide appropriately called a "matchless view" of the Turkish countryside.
10) Asked for salt to add to almost every meal, hopefully avoiding offending the Turks with my "matchless" charm ;)

Tomorrow we leave for Istanbul and the last leg of our amazing adventure over here. I've been to Istanbul before, actually, but there is something to be said for traveling with parents and family friends instead of broke law students. Definitely loving every second, but don't worry, I promise to be back soon for more "matchless" blogging and a whole lot of new stories!


  1. Sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear all about it! Safe travels.

  2. I do hope you're taking lots of pictures during these adventures! Enjoy it all Piper, you deserve the fun!

  3. So cool!

    did you buy a turkish compressor or nebulizer?

    if it's a compressor, did you bring your american one and it broke?

    that happened to me - i had to buy a european compressor (because I didn't have a transformer with me).

    Have a great rest of your trip :) :) :)

  4. Wow, that is so neat... hope you will be adding photos.... Enjoy Enjoy!!!

  5. WOW!! Amazing. Where did you find the energy? If you have a syringe full of it, can I have some? :)

    I hope you are taking tons of pictures!!! Sorry about the nebulizer deal!

  6. Unbelievable!!!!!!

    I don't know what else to say besides I AM JEALOUS!


  7. You, YOU are my Turkish reader!! YAY!

    Congrats on a great trip and "read you" when you return!!

    -Cystic Gal!!

  8. Sounds amazing. So happy to hear you're feeling up for all this too, that's the best part! Ccan't wait to hear and see more stories. :)