Saturday, December 09, 2006

Our Home

Some of you have requested pictures of our home...this is the outside of our building... We live on the fourth floor. Three other teachers and our friend Entela also live in the building. Our landlords live on the bottom. Their dog Mariah guards the place. We'll have to get a picture of Mariah. Stay tuned. You can see our community garden on the right which is filled with persimmon and orange trees and grape vines.

We like to eat our meals out here, however we have to keep a fly swatter close by to kill the bees between bites. It's December now, and we're still swatting bees it's so warm.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Last week we had the luxury of a five-day weekend so we headed to Istanbul with some families and staff from the school. We filled up on amazing Turkish street food and fresh squeezed juices, shopped until we dropped, and visited a few important cultural relics. Here's Amy being drowned out by the Blue Mosque. Luckily we made it out of town a day ahead of the Pope's controversial visit.

We ducked off of this crazy (but fun!) walking street into a little alley where we had a cup of apple tea and a game of backgammon.

Can anyone out there attest to the effectiveness of this stuff? (And I don't mean the Baklava on the left).

International Night

International Night At School. The kids came dressed in their national dress and the parents cooked up a fabulous international feast.