Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Conley just making himself comfortable. He fell asleep several times on Auburn.
Hill family in front of Blue Mosque
Auburn and Conley outside of the Suleymaniye mosque
That my friends is baklava, lots and lots of delicious baklava.
We decided that one game on the trip was enough for the kids, so Simon headed off to the Besiktas game alone one night. It is a good thing, apparently it was freezing that night. There are three big clubs in Istanbul and Simon saw two of them in our five night stay. Apparently the game was awesome, but the Besiktas loss in the 88th minutes.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
We have a lots of crazy adventures on our trips and if I was to blog about all of them no one would read it, but here is one thing that happened on our most recent trip.
We had pretty much done everything we wanted in Istanbul and had a few hours to kill before our flight, so we decided to head to Ataturk Olympic Stadium. It was freezing outside and we also thought a nice warm bus ride wasn't a bad way to see the non-touristy side of the city. Ataturk is about 3o minutes by bus from where we were staying.
The bus literally dropped us off on the side of the highway. The people on the bus seemed upset that they were leaving us there, but we asked the driver to show us where the stadium was. You couldn't see the stadium from the road. You had to walk up a huge hill (luckily Simon was pushing the double stroller) and the stadium is kind of nestled a little valley. We had some dogs barking at us, I guess they are protecting the stadium. At first I was a little frightened, but they were just curious and accompanied us the rest of the way. It was really quite a sight, Simon, me and the kids in the stroller with wind, snow and a big old dog following us. There wasn't really anyone around except for a few security guys. This place is really in the middle of nowhere.
We couldn't get very close, because there was a powerline down, that was kind of a bummer. We did get to take a couple of pictures. We didn't spend much time because we wanted to head back and make sure we caught the bus. We were a little concerned about catching it. We saw the bus come and Simon ran after it, but they didn't see him. As he was running a group of men, who we assume to be maintance guys?, in a van asked us in very broken English where we were going. We somehow communicated and they offered us a ride to the other side of the freeway where the bus stop was. At first I was hesitant, but they were just trying to help us. They loved our kids and showed us pictures of their kids with their phones. They even waited at the stop until the bus came so that we could stay in the warm van. When the bus finally arrived they stopped it and made sure that we were on okay. The people on the bus were incredibly nice to us as well, making sure that we had seats.
It was a little bit of a crazy morning before our flight, but definatly a memorable one.
Conley hanging out with the guys in the van. He looks upset, but he just wanted me to hold him and not take a picture of him.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Türk Telekom Arena
This is the brand new (3 months old) arena for the Turkish team Galatasaray. We were lucky enough to catch a game while we were in town.
We ate some delicious food! This is a turkish meatball in between two grill tomatoes. It was seriously delicious. I am going to see if I can replicate it.
Turkey is actually part of two continents - Europe and Asia.
A view from the Galata bridge. Galata bridge connects the European side.