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The port city of Seleucia had its beginnings in ~300 B.C. around the same time that Antioch was founded. Both Antioch and Seleucia were founded by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's successors and the first emperor of the Seleucid Empire. Seleucia was such a strategic city when it was founded that Seleucus named it the capital of his new empire. Seleucia is also referred to as Seleucia Pieria because the city rests at the base of Mt. Pieria ...
... to step outside for a moment. Paul spoke out against his failure to follow the truth of the gospel in front of everyone because Peter's actions had affected others and both he and they were the ones in error.Sometimes, people are pressured into behaving certain ways in order to avoid social stigma, or in an attempt to find favor with people, or in order to be accepted or not be judged. Even the best leaders find themselves having to continually re-evaluate ...
... end of our cycle, on the last trip. But we're excited about spending the next year in Antakya, it's a really interesting place to be. It's a lot more pleasant a city than we remember too - last time it was raining and Martin was ill, so we didn't really make the most of our time here. The city centre's divided by a river, with a modern area and an old town, built on the side of a small (by Turkish standards) mountain. There are lots of nice ...
... is the last little village before Syria. We spoke to some young locals who told us there was a teacher's hostel where we could stay so we checked in there and then walked into the village to check it out. Not much was happening but there were a few shops. We walked into a sweet store and no one could speak english but we wanted to get some of the local Turkish delight. We sign-languaged our way to a price of 75 Lira per kilo, so that is about 30 euro, ...
... Still - it was good to have a day off from bus travel and although I'm trying to eat less on this trip, kebabs have brought me closer to the Turkish language. It hasn't all been about kebabs though. I've nibbled my way through Turkey's pides and of course, my favourite - kofte, which is a type of meatball and it can be found as far away as Bangladesh. Quite a well travelled little meatball! Actually, that's how I feel lately. My last stop in Turkey is in the cute town ...