Author Archives: Ken

Aloft!

Historical, geological, even biblical (Acts 2:9), the Cappdocia region is endlessly intriguing at ground level. Just wait until you see it from the sky. Hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia (Kapadokya in Turkish) have become so popular that the government limits the number of … Continue reading

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Göing to Göreme

Istanbul was a treat- so much to see, so easy to get around. But it’s time to trade these streets… for these streets… The Cappadocia region is one of the main reasons Turkey has been on my list for so long. Soaring geologic structures … Continue reading

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Beyond Sultanahmet

A visitor could spend a week in Istanbul and never leave Sultanahmet (and I’m sure many do). Fearing yet another sales pitch about buying a rug or taking a Bosphorus tour, we ventured beyond the tourist area. Come for the architecture, stay … Continue reading

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Under Istanbul

I’m following James Bond around Istanbul again. In true Her Majesty’s Secret Service fashion, I’ve given Karen the slip and descended into the shadows… beyond the prying eyes of the masses… into hidden subterranean caverns. Caverns that have a cafe and gift … Continue reading

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You say Sophia, I say Sofya…

May 14, 2014 All right, this feels like cheating. I’m used to slogging miles from site to site while on vacation. Finally arriving at the museum/palace/ruin is like coming upon an oasis in the desert. Helps us burn off that tasty … Continue reading

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Top(kapi) of the World

May 12, 2014 Istanbul is huge. Sprawling. One of the biggest cities in the world. Looking at a map back in Milwaukee, it was hard to envision the scale of the place. Which is why I was surprised to discover that our … Continue reading

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Do I Know You?

Well, that was pretty cool. Taking a break from sifting through Turkey photos (yes, I know how far behind I am on that), Karen and I went to watch a bike race: the local stop of the Tour of America’s Dairyland. As … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Turkey

May 8, 2014 We’d never flown Turkish Airlines before. A few weeks before the flight, I called their Chicago customer service line to confirm our seats. From the ruckus in the background of the conversation, I swear I was connected … Continue reading

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Toilets: Belize Edition

We traveled to Belize just after the Winter Olympics in Russia. Do you remember the furor that erupted as journalists arrived in Sochi and found nothing but problems, like hotels that weren’t finished, water that wasn’t drinkable, and manholes that … Continue reading

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Snorkeling with Stingrays

When I’m not diving with hawksbills, I’m snorkeling with Karen. We knew there would be plenty to see from the surface, but we weren’t expecting stingray-on-stingray action. Is it getting hot in here?  

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