A Travel Dream Come True

May 16, 2014 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Welcome back to my travel blog!  It has been a while since I’ve been on an international trip, it feels good to be hitting up another continent again.  On this trip I will be visiting two continents in the same city!  Istanbul is unique because it is located in both Europe and Asia.  It has been at the top of my travel list for a very long time, so I’m really going to be upping the nerd factor for this blog since I’m so interested in the history of Istanbul…you’ve been warned.

Istanbul Travel Guide

Short detour: I just realized that I never updated my blog after the Thailand trip, here are a few highlights:

  • The training was a huge success, that’s why we are heading to Istanbul :-)

  • We finally found the NICE market and I was able to get some great souvenirs.

  • On the last night there we saw a toddler dancing on a table in a bar after midnight.

  • My flight from Tokyo to Houston was very eventful: 1) someone was smoking a cigarette on the plane and was greeted by the police when we landed, 2) it was the last Continental branded flight ever, and 3) we landed so hard that the oxygen masks and luggage all fell out of their compartments.

Let’s talk more about Turkey!  When I grabbed my atlas after I found out about the trip, I was not at all surprised to see that the bookmark was already on the right page!  (Denise, Amanda, Sarah R - Coincidence? Synchronicity? Kismet? Serendipity?)

Turkey Atlas

Istanbul was called Constantinople for over 1,500 years until the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.  Even though the city was part of an important trade route in ancient times, it really became a landmark city when it was founded (conquered?) by Constantine The Great (right Joe M?) in the 4th century, and eventually became the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires.  Somewhere along the way there were Crusades, invading armies, and other exciting historical events.  I’m hoping that Istanbul will be a lot like Sicily where you can see each culture’s influence on the architecture, food, and customs.

I leave this afternoon and after transferring in Amsterdam I’ll arrive in Istanbul Saturday afternoon.  Luckily I will have some time to explore the city before our first faculty meeting on Sunday.  Stay tuned for more nerd stuff and of course the usual food and alcohol pictures :-).


Istanbul Travel Guide
Turkey Atlas


Aunt Betsy:
May 16, 2014
Safe Travels. Can't wait to hear all about your adventures.
May 16, 2014
If you are looking to kill some time in Amsterdam......The Grasshopper is a nice bar.
Laura Z:
May 16, 2014
@Lenny - I have 3 hours, is that enough time?
May 16, 2014
You are the coolest person I know. Have fun!
May 16, 2014
Enjoy and have fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 16, 2014
What a cool adventure. Looking forward to a few yummy food stories. Safe travels!
May 16, 2014
Have fun Laura! Can't wait for updates!
May 16, 2014
Have a great time!! I look forward to the pictures and stories!
May 16, 2014
Have a wonderful trip, can't wait to read your posts and travel (vicariously) with you!
May 17, 2014
I agree with Katie...you're the coolest person I know. ;)
Can't wait to hear about another meant-to-be adventure! Safe travels.
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