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Turkey Scouting Trip September 2015

Tea, Sugar, A Dream.

Tea, Sugar, A Dream.

  I’m back home from Turkey. Let me be honest with you, I stuffed my face this trip. I particularly love eating lots of different things in one sitting, so this was a setup from the beginning. I ate it…

Final day in Türkiye

Final day in Türkiye

I hadn’t gotten enough of the ruins of Aperlai, so I woke up early and swam to shore with my safeswimmer/drybag thingy filled with shoes, clothes, iPhone. I had spied some structures from the Gulet that I wanted to check…

Lycian Swim

Lycian Swim

Tonight I am writing from a boat anchored in a bay on the coast of Turkey next to the ruins of Aperlai, an ancient Lycian city. What’s even better is that a portion of the city is sunken, likely due…

Bodrum to Kas

Bodrum to Kas

Today started so well: Wake up on a yacht in the mediterranean with Turkish breakfast #1 (cheese, bread, spreads, coffee and tea), then a swim in gin-clear water over a great little reef, then Turkish breakfast #2, a cheesy and…

Bolero

Bolero

Sunday We’ve changed our itinerary here several times, but we finally put the rest of the trip together this morning. What did we do before Airbnb, trip advisor, iphones, amex travel, chase rewards, and google? On our way to meet…

Hospitality and Amphorae

Hospitality and Amphorae

Just like all of our other SwimVacation locations, Bodrum is on Island time. A slow pace, a late start, a nap, a late finish. Island time is great when you’re on vacation, but we are scouting a vacation. So we…

Lost and Thirsty. Perfect.

Lost and Thirsty. Perfect.

We tested Istanbul today, setting out unguided to check out the Basilica Cistern, a Byzantine era water storage facility built under the city. We stumbled with every move. First, we had to check out of our apartment and find the…

Contradictions and Contrasts

Contradictions and Contrasts

Before I describe the mind blowing tour of Istanbul we had today, I want to get out some random thoughts I have about this place: There are many contradictions and contrasts here. Turkey is European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Western, Eastern,…

First impressions

First impressions

The first Turkish person I came into contact with on this trip was the woman at the airline ticket counter in Boston. She was wearing a head scarf and the biggest smile I’ve seen in years. Then, a first in…

Turkish Coast Go!

Turkish Coast Go!

        Boston Logan Airport, International Terminal, September 8, 2015, 11:07 pm I’m at the gate. Heather is tapping away on her iphone. We are flying to Istanbul in a few minutes to begin our scouting trip of…