Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Old things are passed away”

Today as we were hiking in a rural section of the Lycian Way, we came upon some old Lycian ruins next to a field.  This sight was amazing to me.  The Lycians lived 2500 years ago, and some farmer is … Continue reading

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We Were Not the First

Some might think that America came up with the democratic government system we use today and that the founding fathers were the first to have that brilliant idea about how to run a country. But think again.  Today as we … Continue reading

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Sunny, Blue, and Ocean Foam

This morning I woke up to a quiet knocking on our door. Nobody answered, and I wondered if it may have been just a figment of my imagination. I kept my eyes closed and went back to my daydreaming thoughts. … Continue reading

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Turkish Baths

Part of our preparation for our travel to Turkey was a class on the Turkish culture, and specifically the acceptable clothing within that culture – particularly for women.  Turkey is fairly conservative – no bare shoulders, no knees showing, certainly … Continue reading

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“Merhaba. We are lost.”

One thing I have noticed about climbers in my life is that, if nothing else, they are persistent. We set out today in high hopes of returning to an incredible new crag that we had visited a few days prior, … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Patmos

Today we woke up early to bread and honey sandwiches made for us by the family that runs our hotel. After sunrise, we hopped onto a boat and began our four-hour journey to the small Greek island of Patmos, or, … Continue reading

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It’s Coming to Life

Yet another thought expanding day exploring ancient sites from Bible times around Ephesus.  We read chapters from the Gospel of John up in the Basilica of St John where he is entombed.  I am getting so much more from the … Continue reading

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Listening to Paul’s Teachings

Today we drove from Ephesus for about and hour down the coast to an ancient neighboring town named Melitus. We were going to go visit the theater in Melitus that could hold up to 15,000 people. We entered the theater … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Memories

What a fantastic trip it has been. I know it’s not over yet, but the length of time that we have already been here has just been amazing. The sweet tastes of the different food, candy and drinks leave a … Continue reading

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Not a stream anymore

On the 19th of March, Elliot, Ryan, Daniel, Bobby and I took a bus to a climbing site just outside of Istanbul.  It had been raining most of the night, but luckily it stopped as we got out of the bus. … Continue reading

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