Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
I’m still dreaming about my trip to Turkey after sifting through photos for this week’s photo challenge. Sorry, no post for my “Honeymoon in Durfur” series today. It will have to wait until I flush out my reflection on a time when I truly enjoyed the kind of travel that allows me to experience a place as if I lived there, rather than merely visit as a tourist. I had one such experience during a month long visit in Turkey. One of my best friends decided to move to Istanbul having fallen in love with the city after going there for vacation. She had quit her corporate job much like I did and was enroute to do some backpacking in Latin America. She planned brief stopovers in Istanbul and Paris along the way, but after arriving in Paris and missing Istanbul terribly, she never caught her flight to Rio and returned instead to Istanbul – that magical city along the Bospherus that combines the feel of modern Europe with the exotic aura of Asia. My friend rented an apartment, managed to find some freelance work in her field of marketing, started to learn the language, and the rest has been nearly a decade of carving out a dream life in a city that she loves. She’s practically Turkish now and still lives there today with a husband and son.
These photos were taken when I camped out on my friend’s couch for a month after traveling solo through Africa. I spent most of that month on her back balcony, hanging out with friends, riding the ferries along the Bosphorous, and touring through the wonderland of Cappadocia in central Turkey. At the time, I was a vagabond trying to find my way, traveling wherever the opportunity took me. I fantasized a lot then about moving to Istanbul and living with my friend. In the end I left only to returned again two years later with my husband for a short visit, and it still wasn’t enough. There’s something about the city and the country that has me dreaming to this day of returning…perhaps to live.
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Where have you visited that makes you want to live there and experience more in-depth?