Saturday, June 27, 2009

On the Road Again...

June 28

Yesterday was an early call, pulling away from the Troya Hotel in Istanbul and heading toward Troy. Several people have caught some kind of intestinal bug, so that makes traveling difficult for them because we are in a van that carries all 18 of us. The group dynamics are lively and quite animated. We've already picked up on the eccentricities and quirkiness of each group member, and we move about Turkey with much laughter...

So... this is a bit of a catch up time. We went to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar a couple days ago. The sights, sounds, and smells are absolutely intoxicating in the markets. Hazelnuts are a specialty here, as are apricots, figs, dates, and olives. Everyone tries to lure you into their particular stall or selling area, so the market is filled with very lively interactions.

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