Team Turkey's Messages
Maree says hi!
This way of travel is definitely way better than tourist packages. We have complete independence to do what we want and it's soooo much cheaper!!
Greek people are probably just as friendly as the Turks but it is just not as obvious by their body language and speech patterns (tone of voice). Apologies to any Greeks or relatives (Sorry Alex!).
Thanks Jane! Will pass the message on to Maree.
Wednesday 20 August
Hİ! Thats great that you had a great time altogether. Glad you got a chance to read our website. So far the trip has been uneventful concerning safety. We try to remember to take extra care when crossing the road because its easy to forget the traffic goes the other way. We still all look left first when infact we should be looking right! We are also mindful of the fact that Maree is deaf and cannot hear the traffic that comes from behind us when its necessary for us to walk on the edge of the road. Most drivers are quite considerate to pedestians. The traffic is mostly quite ordered and nothing like the chaos of İndia. Love us xox
Can't wait to catch up with you again...İ'm sure we'll have lots of interestıng and exciting stories to tell!!
I will pass your message and good wishes onto Maree. She has been quite sick for most of the trip but she is improving slowly. The trip so far has been quite difficult for her because everything is so different. I think she will enjoy being back in Turkey. Cathy
Wow Gemma! That' s fantastic! Where did you ride? Don't work too hard during the sales!
We are at Kaş on the west coast of Turkey. I have written a big post on this site telling of all our recent adventures. Everything's been great! We all get a bit tired and cranky at times...and overheat. But basically we're all getting on well and having a blast! Look after yourself and take care on your bike! Love mum xox
I didn't know you went to Turkey! We'll have to compare notes when we get back!
We've all been sick except fot Brad! But we are all slowly getting better...after taking antibiotics!! Thanks for your message.
We left Antakya, Turkey and travelled by bus for about 2 hours to get to Aleppo, Syria. It took an hour at the border for us to get visas, which cost about $35 each. While we were waiting in an office with army guys checking our passports, we witnessed people yelling and arguing with the same men then exchanging money placed in pockets or scrunched up in hands for visas. I have never witnessed bribes before! It was very interesting!!
Thanks for Ron's birthday wishes!
Love to all the family!
How was your visit from Bill and Val? Scruffy seems to be enjoying staying at home with daily visits from his dog sitter, Jenny.
Hope all is great your end and that you are enjoying reading our stories. Stay in touch. Love and kisses, mum xxx
We are both wearing our Mountain Design clothes almost every day! Maree looks great in her travel clothes and often wears her black Marino! Our sandals have been a great success! They're so comfortable! I like my new ones because they're leather...and I love my 'Solomons' (shoes)from your shop! Thank you so much for all your help in clothing us all for our big trip! Backpacking is great fun!
Our holiday is going quickly now so we are trying especially hard to enjoy every day. We are off to Greece tomorrow on the ferry. Yay!! We can't wait!
Today we visited Ephasus and met Sonjay, the man at the jewellery shop who thought you were Brad's sister. He is really nice! Needless to say Maree and I both bought some really nice jewellery from his shop! Also without realizing it, we sat in exactly the same seat that you sat in for lunch at the restaurant next to the cave of the 'Seven Brothers'. Do you remember? What a coincidence! Sonjay met us there and supplied a driver for us to go to the house of the Virgin Mary.
Hope your cold gets better and that uni goes quickly. We're all very proud of you. Only one year to go!!
We'll try and update the site again soon. Take care. Love mum xxx
Sorry ryan İ accidentally pressed 'Reply' before I wrote anything!
That's great you've been getting lots of castings. I'm sure you'll get something soon. Congratulations on your goal and first win of the season! That's great. Also terrific you're thinking of going in a big race!
Goodluck with your two band gigs. sounds like you have been kept very busy lately!!
Look after yourself and say hi to Bronwyn.
Love mum xxoxx
PS Seda is really nice. You will really like her! Hopefully she'll be coming home with Bradley at Xmas.
Greece is very picturesque, but Greeks are definitely not as friendly as Turks...or Aussies!!!
Glad to hear all your uni work is nearly finished. You will be so relieved! Can't wait to see you and Alex and hear your plans for Africa. Hopefully I'll put some more photos on the site today (maybe even the "bikini pics"!). It sounds like Summer is just around the corner. It has been so hot for most of our travels. Until we got to Greece it was high 30s to low 40s every day. In Greece it was low to mid 30s. Since being back in Istanbul we can feel a slight touch of Autumn. It is high 20s during the day but cooler after dark. Only 2 more days with Brad before we fly home. We're nearly ready for a rest and it will be great to sleep in our own bed again and not to live out of a backpack! But everything is good and we're looking forward to seeing everyone at home. We'll miss Bradley when we leave. We have all been such close companions and pretty good travel buddies! Take care. Love mum xxooxx
We are having a great time so far. Maree is doing really well considering she hasn't experienced travelling in a developing country before. We are really looking after her. Because she is deaf we take extra care when crossing roads etc because she can't rely on her hearing plus the traffic comes from the opposite direction which can be very confusing!
Thank you for your good wishes. Take care. Love from all of us!
So glad you've had tıme to look at our sıte! We are havıng a great tıme!! The flıght was good but i really hate landıng and takıng off!!
HI! Thanks for your message! So far everythıng is going well!
Our friend, Maree, unfortunately got 'Delhi Belly' on the plane just before we landed ın Turkey and was ill for a couple of days and I got the first cold İ've had for about 18months! But we are all well again and enjoying our travel experıences!
Take care and thanks for having a look at the sıte!
Thanks for your mesage Jenny. We are all slowly getting better. Maree has really been struggling with everything. I'm sure she will enjoy her holiday when we travel to the coast of Turkey in a couple of days. Maree found some of the sights in the souq (bazaar) very confronting, especially the entrails of goats and sheep...and the plateful of skinned goats heads was pretty aweful!!
We are doing our best to look after Maree. Take care, Cathy.
Wednesday 20 August
Thanks for the great advice re Coca Cola! İm very happy to report that from yesterday we are all well! Yay!! Actually Ron drank Cola wıthout knowıng it was good for his stomach and he seemed to get better quite quickly. Even my cold that İve had since arriving has fınally gone too! You are right about having a rest...We arrived late this afternoon at Kas (pronounced Kash) on the south coast and are resting here for 3 nights. Hope your mum gets better quickly. Cathy
Hi Bill and Val!
Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Newcastle! Thats great that you are readıng our website! Take care. Love from us xx
Glad to hear youve met the lovely kids in our street! İ think Scruffy appeals to children because he looks a bit like a stuffed toy! We think he is very cute (of course!!) and he has helped many kids who are afraid of dogs get over their fear. Thanks Jenny for everything!İ hope Scruff will still remember us when we get back!!
So glad you are enjoying reading our adventures. This is a great way of recording the holiday as well as letting everyone at home know what we are doing and that we are safe, having a wonderful time...and well! Great advice about the Coke! Thanks Jen!
Thanks for your message. Hope you had a good meeting in Chicgao. I'm really well now and enjoying everyday. Time is going quickly. We went to Ephesus today where Paul was ımprisioned. Very interesting place with lots of history. We are crossing over to Greece tomorrow. Backpacking is lots of fun as we get to see so many places.
Great to hear from you. Yes I dıd actually go to Damascus! Got a culture shock there but it was still amazing to be in the same place as Paul! Went to Ephesus today where Paul was imprisoned. Off to Greece tomorrow.
Lots of love
The coffee is quite strong in Turkey! I've been drinking mostly turkish tea which is quite nice. I'll be home about the 24th Sept so I'll contact you on mobile then. Love Maree
Hi again Louise
Wrote to you two nights ago and again just a while ago and lost the lot! We are now in Naxos. Caught a speedy ferry here from Mykonos. Greece is a beautiful place. We go for a swim and walk around the villages everyday. We are just relaxing in Greece after a hectic time in Turkey. Lots of love Maree