Turkey 2019

Cappadocia Day 2: Scooby-Doo And The Mystery of the Pointy Rocks

We had looked forward to having a room in a quiet neighborhood, far from the deafening sounds of the echoing call to prayer and the screeching seagulls. But, to our dismay, our expectations weren’t exactly met. Not only was our room a million degrees, (only cooled off when both our front door and back window… Continue reading Cappadocia Day 2: Scooby-Doo And The Mystery of the Pointy Rocks

Turkey 2019

Cappadocia Day 1: Sleep Deprivation, Forced Perspective, and Traveler Guilt

It was our last morning in Istanbul. We started our day with an early morning, rising at around 8am. We did pretty well considering we’d been out so late. We got up on time and gathered our belongings. There was no sickness between us, thankfully. We’d maturely paced ourselves the night before.   We enjoyed… Continue reading Cappadocia Day 1: Sleep Deprivation, Forced Perspective, and Traveler Guilt

Turkey 2019

Istanbul Day 2: Hotter Than Hot, In A Lot of Good Ways

I had slept with earplugs in, having read that the Call to Prayer was loud and that it might wake me up. It didn’t. What did was the cacophony of seagulls. We’d slept with the window completely open because the room was so hot. What we didn’t realize is that meant we’d get the full… Continue reading Istanbul Day 2: Hotter Than Hot, In A Lot of Good Ways

Turkey 2019

Istanbul Day 1: Can I Interest You In A Minaret?

Well that week-long stint in America was just too much for me to handle, so I just had to leave again.   Okay, for real though, I had planned this Turkey trip MONTHS before I even knew Ecuador was going to be a thing. In short, Turkey was my primary target this summer, while Ecuador… Continue reading Istanbul Day 1: Can I Interest You In A Minaret?

South America

Ecuador Day 7- Ahoy, Whiskey

Our last morning in Baños involved us stalking the hotel staff with our eyes every time it looked like she was going to get something. There had been really good bread the day prior. It was now missing. Two baskets laid lined with towels, ready to present carby goodness, but they sat empty. Eventually one… Continue reading Ecuador Day 7- Ahoy, Whiskey

South America

Ecuador Day 5: Anxiety Day (ft. Salsa)

Today was an absolute whirlwind. I almost don’t know where to start. Conveniently it’s just a travel journal, so what would make the most sense would be to start at the beginning of the day.   From Tena in the Napo River Valley and Amazon region, we began our route to Baños, a destination city… Continue reading Ecuador Day 5: Anxiety Day (ft. Salsa)

South America

Ecuador Day 4: Spiderwatch 2019

Our morning in Tena was off to an exciting start, in my least favorite way. Tony greeted everyone at the breakfast area with “Good morning! Have you seen the tarantula?” Thank god it was outside.   But I still panicked. Hence the shaky blurry photo.   I will say, I’ve made strides in my arachnophobia.… Continue reading Ecuador Day 4: Spiderwatch 2019