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... Johnson’s Jolly where Johnson rallied his men, brightened them up but was killed himself.
We had a half hour each at Lone Pine, Chanuk Bair and Anzac Cove, of the three to me Chanuk Bair was least moving, it’s a memorial but the sight of the gravestones at Lone Pine made it more 'real’. We were reminded of our own relatives who died at the Somme, and the communications Pete has copies of between the Gillin family and the War ...
... Okan shared the history of the Turkish Monarchy and how the grounds grew over time. The most spectacular piece was an 86 carat diamond. It was found in a garbage dump as a piece of rubbish. It made its way to the Sultan who said he wanted it. The clothing and jewels were dating back to the 7th century. Pretty amazing. Jet lag may have caught up to me at this point as I found myself more than dizzy. We continued on to the Hagia Sophia. Originally this was Christian church, but ...
... were kind enough to make sure I knew where to go. At that point, I was still rocking the double backpack look, so I gladly accepted the advice, one man's drawing of a "better map," and the many "I hope you love Istanbul, and are very comfortable here!" well wishes. This country suddenly seemed like a polar opposite than the way I've seen it portrayed lately on the news.
My stay only got better and better from then on out. I got to my hostel in ...
... buckets of cool water which was most welcomed in the heat. After the scrub, we cooled off in an ante room drinking cold water. It's certainly an experience which I for one enjoyed (can't say the same for Linda who almost fainted!), although if I lived in Turkey, I don't think it's something I'd do all that regularly? Istanbul's restaurants were really good with excellent kebabs and koftas for lunch (a lot better than the late night kebabs in Sydney) and ...
... after people in the English Department did some digging, we discovered that the original HR woman had done a Google search on "Daniel Conrad" (note the "C"), and had turned up a mugshot of someone from Texas who was accused of assault (see the photo to the left). She believed this man who looked nothing like Konrad (she had met him, so had no reason to be confused), was shorter and older (she also had his passport so had access to his date of birth), and was involved ...
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