Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hiking on Heybeliada Island

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Spencer and I went on a hike today through the woods on one of the Princes' Islands today. What an adventure! We spent time taking pleasure in the plant life, the cool sea breeze and following paths that gave us the views in the above pictures...enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thought for today

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Celebrating Children's Day

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When we went out for a walk on Friday we were a little too late to see most of the Children's Day excitement.

However, we did see this little guy still in costume on our street.  The next day he was outside again playing in the same suit.  It reminded me of when my sons were little and one of them only wanted to dress like Batman.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Visa update

Our documents are en route to Washington DC. I cannot remember what plan this is... but it is well beyond A or B. Hopefully, we will have visas in hand to make our flight on the 7th of May.

Please continue praying for us, we are hoping to be back in Krasnodar in time for Tom to walk a fatherless young lady down the aisle on my birthday.

And as we wait I will be counting my blessings... you can read about that here: 1000 Gifts

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

thought for today

The reward of suffering is experience. -Aeschylus

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

another visa setback

Our teammates flew to Madrid, Spain to expedite our visa process. Why Spain? The Russian Embassy there had been favorable to many other expats living and working Russia. So we thought this was a sure thing. NOT.

Our friends were told no. This is the first time in five years that an Embassy is denying us because the paperwork says DC and not Spain. What? Our paperwork has said either DC or San Francisco each time we have gone though this process and we have never needed to go to either one of those Embassies to get this done.

They are making another appeal today but we do have back up plans in place. We may have to go back on simple tourist visas. We had hoped to be getting on a plane on Friday... but it looks like we will have to reschedule one more time.

At least we are getting to enjoy extended time with their 4 kids. After two days out and about in Istanbul we settled in today for a Cartoon Network Marathon!

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we wait.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Greenhouse Bookstore, Istanbul

I sent an email to the kind people over at the bookstore and she sent me great directions! We started at Taksim Square, took a bus to Besiktas, and from there walked over to board the ferry to Kadikoy. After a 20 minute ride you land at this station. This is the front of that building. With your back to this building walk to the crosswalk.

When you are standing at the crosswalk you will see this building directly across the street. Walk to that building and take the sidewalk to the left (just follow the crowd!)

You will see this Starbucks after you follow that pathway to the next street over... cross to where the Starbucks is and walk to the right of it. Follow that walking street up one 'block'.

When you reach the intersection you will see this church. Turn right at that street. The street name is Murhurdar Caddesi but knowing that didn't help as there was no street sign there... just turn right at the church!

Walk up that street until you get to Burger King and turn left.

And although this photo is shot from other angle you will see the bookstore on the right side of the street about 8 doors up from Burger King!

Enjoy your time there and trust me it will be worth the effort!!

A write up of the bookstore is located here... It is on the Asian side of Istanbul, and they have the largest selection of books English that we have seen so far. The bonus for us was the wide variety of Christian books. After spending 5 years shopping at a Christian bookstore in Krasnodar with only Russian books to offer this was a real treat to our souls!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

thought for today

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Burqa style

I love that even though this gal has chosen to wear a burqa she is still showing her personal style with her purple leather jacket and red shoes!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sharp Travel Trivia

What do these islands have in common?

Catalina Island
The Big Island in Hawaii, the Kona side.
Princes' Island, Turkey

A. places the family has been
B. places that we wish we never had to leave
C. places where Tom has taken a nap
D.places where we have been given a free meal

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally, some good news!

Our letters of invitation are on their way here to Istanbul. We are finally one step closer to getting our new Russian visas. It will be a 90 day visa and by the time we get back to Krasnodar one month of the three will have been used up. But we are grateful to have an answer and to finally feel as if this never ending vacation is coming to an end!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Istanbul Modern

If you get a chance to go to this museum in Istanbul... take it! We had a great afternoon there. It was a bit intimidating because there was so much to see. The cafe is a great place to hang out. The view of the Bosphorus from there is breathtaking. There are also a few benches inside the gallery along the back where you can sit and contemplate the art as well as the waves!

Thursdays are free so we hope to go back again and see the things we missed the first go round!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

thought for today

"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Robert McCloskey

Monday, April 05, 2010

Easter treats in Istanbul

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It takes some leg work but you can find some goodies for kids and adults here to help make your holiday brighter.

We didn't try the chocolate bunnies...however, we found something very tasty and it reminded me of the bread and Easter eggs we had last year when we celebrated Russian Orthodox Easter with our friends Katya and Alexei!

Friday, April 02, 2010

it's Friday...but Sunday is coming!

I can hardly wait for Sunday! Happy Easter Everybody!!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

strolling down memory lane

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As we were out walking near Taksim Square we found a tiny shop selling old LP's. What a blast from the past!