A close shave

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Breakfast is always fun at Harmony Hostel. There is always someone to talk to and this mornings gathering of New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Salisbury and Kent was good chat. We helped Gareth try and sort out a route on his rickety bike back to Sofia and enjoyed the increasing eccentricity of Philip the German.  After breakfast we struggled to get our heads around the India trip (which starts on Monday!) and how we are going to get all of our gear stuffed into hand luggage (I think they may notice a bicycle).  Met up with Neville seniors after lunch and set off for The Grand Bazaar.  My goodness, it was hectic.  Very enthusiastic salesmen would try all sorts to corner you in their shops, the banter was good fun (mostly) and Pops Neville very much enjoyed the bartering.  Gifts purchased we tried to find our way out of the maze, an hour or so later we found open air and the relative calmness of Galata Bridge.  It was a time for a sit down at which point Polly and Mum reminded me that I should sit down in a Barbers chair. As they sipped on a beer I was tortured by a very skilled hair mechanic.  The cut throat shave I was expecting, the WAXXING of my cheeks and THREADING of the leftover bits I WAS NOT EXPECTING.  IT REALLY REALLY HURT AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE IN CAPITALS TO TRY AND EMPHASISE HOW MUCH IT REALLY DID HURT.  The gathered audience confirmed that I looked about 15 years younger so I did not complain and paid up happily.  We walked down to the restaurant which we had collected the  business card of about 5 times over the last few days, and finally shut them up by agreeing to join them for supper.  They really looked after us, even serving me a beer in a childs plastic cup to disguise the fact that it was beer (it was an unlicensed restaurant).  The food was excellent and the waiters even better.  Last night out with the folks was a really good one, feeling a bit sad I will not see them for a few more months, however, so pleased that they have had a holiday to remember.
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Spigaroo on

Hello lads,

Glad you have had a great time in Istanbul with the parents; a much deserved break. Would love to go to Istanbul one day, sounds fab. Just amazing you have got all that way in 9 weeks and I hope you're feeling very proud of yourselves. Christmas seems to have arrived in UK, shops are crammed with stuff and adverts all over the tele. We're going to miss you Pols :-( It's on the 19th December and Bobs has done a good job of organising. Hopefully we'll be able to skype you - that would be cool. Meanwhile school is ever hectic and we're busy with house-buying stuff. We thought it was all settled but there have been issues with teh survey so not sure what's happening now; all very irritating. Jon is in Ghana this week with work so I'm home alone and have just spent an hour reading your blogs rather than marking work - time very well spent! Lots of love to you both, stay safe in India and have a wonderful time. Xxxx

debbie on

hey guys, it is a horrid horrid wet weekend over here nad i am v jealous that you are in sunny turkey. but loving the fact that mikey has had his FACE WAXED that made me chuckle. alex gets his back waxed by a nice lady called rachel, maybe when you get back you could go together ? that would be nice.
the flat is mostly packed up cos we are moving next weekend!!!!! VERY excited. Whoop whoop.

Tom and Nats on

My god you guys are Eerrmazing! I didn't think it was actually possible to cycle that far. Sounds like you're having an amazing time.
Winter is here in 'sunny' sussex and it's freezing! We're busy wall paper stripping our hall to try and get it finished for Christmas which is coming scaringly quick.
Six months to go now until our wedding all the plans are coming together well. We spent a fun Sunday afternoon going through all your wedding magazines, thanks Polly!
Keep up with the blog it's brilliant!
Lots of love Nats and Tom xxx

triciagick on

Mikey - it's taken years off you! Sounds as though Ellie and Dave have had an amazing time - we'll be meeting up with them and getting all the details. Well we're next - just a month away!! Dan sends his love from Prague where he's been drinking beer 'til the early hours and then chasing that with a Mcdonalds big breakfast! That's Dan for you - we'll not allow that in India!!!
Dads and I been having a brill time in Edinburgh, then an amazing country drive to West Kilbride - on that journey we saw orange sheep and a fantastic haunted looking castle. Over this side, John and Lindy have been entertaining us royally and we have been to Cumbrae, Glasgow, Greenock. Largs and other exciting places. They send all their love and congratulatuons on such epic adventures. Their internet connection is rubbish, so Lindy has juct caught up with your expolits on our maachine wihich is much much faster. Can't believe your next stop is India and that's tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Masses of love from your very proud Ma and Pa and Ma and Pa in law xxxxxxxxxxxx

ernest on

Just read your latest batch of messages; you are a really gutsy couple, not that I am at all surprised. Simply, congratulations on a fantastic achievement and this is only phase one! News from St. A's later.
Take great care.

cke on

Well done guys - what an amazing accomplishment!!
Elizabeth, Olaf and I had a very relaxing weekend in Cornwall last weekend - could get used to a life of spa treatments and luxury so will continue to buy the lottery tickets! Seems like Olaf has worked out how to wave goodbye too so very excited about that - does mean you have to leave quickly afterwards though so not to confuse him!
Usual fun and frolics conintuing here and we were all treated to a lovely supper round at Jamie and Edina's on Saturday......I am sure you can imagine how the evening went and some of us had more sore heads than others next morning ;-)
Giles and I are off on holiday tonight - looking forward to some sunshine so will leave you to go and get on with some packing.
Hope you had a safe trip to India.
Heaps of love Cxxxx

Mum and Dad on

Just caught up with all the entries-re-living the fantastic time we spent with you both.It wasreally cold when we got home but at least the car behaved(sticky brakes!) and we did not have to encounter any of the floods we had on Tues on way to airport.We really loved Istanbul and really getting a feel of the local way of life -thanks to you both for that.Also great to meet some of your friends at the hostel and hear about their adventures.So now you will be on your way to India and lots more amazing times ahead.On plane home sat next to a woman who teaches English to adults in Turkey.She was travelling home to England to visit her mother.She went to Midhurst Gram and Chi uni!!She was telling us all about her travels in India-talked of some of the things you have planned-sounds wonderful.Speak soonxxxxxxxxxxxx

Alison Cunnington on

Hey Guys - wow haven't you achieved a lot. As I write you are on your way to India. How exciting and different that will be. Can't wait for the next instalments. Love to you both and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!

Lindy Campbell on

At last I seem to be able to get back into the internet thanks to Alan!! Had a very good 3 days with Alan and Trica and caught up on the blog - amazing - well done. Must say Mikey the "shave" did make you look a lot younger - also looked a tad painful!!
Looking forwrd to hearing tales from India
All love Lindy

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