Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bad Hair Days

I had a fugue this last week...once we arrived home from Ephesus we were able to experience, in consecutive bouts, a mild form of some stomach ailment. Couple that with the heat and it laid us a bit low and sapped my limited wit and discourse ability.
We are still not back on our feet firmly, but will be leaving in a few hours on the overnight train from Istanbul to Thessaloniki. We have some interviews and research in Greece to complete before returning Sunday or Monday. We aren't sure of our return date because we can't (nor can our neighbors) read the ticket master's scribbles. We do know that it will be sometime in July though.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime.
(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)
Murder on the Orient Express

Upon our return I hope to catch you up on a multitude of subjects, of which these are not the least:

Distracted Turkish Barbers (don't get your hair cut on the day of the World Cup playoffs if there is a TV in the barber shop)

Health Club Cigarette Breaks (they actually have ashtrays on the weight machines...lift a little...puff a little....lift a little...puff a little...lift, lift, lift...puff a lot...lift a little now). My apologies to "The Music Man".

On Becoming A Muslim A few days ago I met with the Village Chief to take care of some registration paperwork. I walked in a Protestant...and walked out a Muslim. We never discussed religious orientation...But my registration paperwork says clearly....Islam Ev...House of Islam. Hmmm?

We will be boarding the Dostuk Filia at the Istanbul Train station in just a few hours. This station was the famed destination in Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express". We are hoping for a less robust experience.

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Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World

Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World