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... thru one of the 16 exits, and then walked quite a while winding down small narrow alleys to try and work out where we were. Finally on hitting a road we hailed a taxi and headed back to the hotel.
After a rest up we popped out of our hotel to see if we could find a nice eating else. It is always one staff members job, as you walk passed restaurants, to wave a menu in front of you and point you to a table. We ended up dining in ...
... cliques (inevitable).
We have a mixture of people with overlanding and camping experiences... and I think there might be a couple of lushes like Luke and I.
I think the good news about the fewer people on the truck is that there might be room for our contraband stuff... apparently as long as we don't push it. Let's see if we push it.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Today we went to the Chora Church by ferry up the Bosphorus via the ...
... The level of the old Hippodrome is about two meters below the current plaza. Mostly, the site is identifiable from the two columns that sit above it: an Egyptian obelisk, stolen from Karnak, and the “serpent” column, stolen from the temple at Delphi. This latter is a spiral, twisted metal column, supposedly made from the shields of Persian soldiers captured or killed during one of the Persian Wars. It is broken, and the remaining pits are in the archaeological ...
... rooftop bars/restaurants on every building... I eat my first kebab and enjoy a Turkish beer on the rooftop patio of my hostel which has a view of the sea. It is only my first night back out on the road and already I am filled with feelings of pure joy, excitement and freedom. It really does not get much better than this for me. I am truly in my element. I lay in my bunk bed ...
... to a keys party either.
Surprisingly, watching another woman massage my nude husband wasn't uncomfortable or awkward. And the only jealousy I felt was due to the fact that Adam was even participating in the massage, and that's simply because I could have easily used the entire time allotted for both of us just for myself.
We were the last appointment of the evening so Adriana mentioned she was exiting the bathing room to close the front ...