10 April 2009

gobble gobble

I am definitely having to play a lot of catch up. That's what happens when the two of us are running at 1,000 mph trying to plan, pack and pack some more. Leaves very little time to reflect where we are. But anyways...I found searched for hours in trying to acquire a room rental in Istanbul but to no avail. Most places were way out of our price range, or ended up out of our range when you factored in the agency fees. Having never been to Turkey we both opted to have the modern conveniences of an established hotel versus sharing a bathroom with a tenet who may or not speak English. So I had to scrap that idea, expecially after discovering a Trip Advisor article that did not recommend any of the places that were in our range. Still think I did all right.

We will be staying at the Hotel Pensisula, which is centrally located in Istanbul. A lot of the hotels have beautiful views of the mosques and Pensinsula is no exception! We will be enjoying our breakfast from a chair here:

and at 55 euros...practically a steal!

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fez accomodation

I know I promised more details on Fez, and in the whirlwind that was last weekend I ended up booking a lovely riad-like accommodation. I found the Pension Sekaya on Fez Riads, and at less than 70 euros a night in the heart of the medina, how can you go wrong with this:

I love the architecture, its absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait for some mint tea while lounging in these cafe chairs...or better yet while having some tagine!

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traveling in style

I had no grand illusions that I was going to be a fashion plate during our trip. We are not the type of people to stay at 5 star resorts and have vacations like the ones in Abercrombie & Kent. But with the going away gift from my coworkers today will help me make a step in the right direction with my new travel bag!

Isn't it gorgeous, go ahead and be jealous!

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Where Are You Going?

So tomorrow is a big day. It is the last day of work for Kristen and I. For me it will be a big change. I have been at my current company for exactly three years so I've naturally developed friendships which I will miss. However, all good things have to come to an end and new journeys have to start. 
For Kristen and I our journey is twofold. First, this Fall will we be in Bloomington, Indiana attending graduate business school. Second, and the reason we are keeping this online journal, is we are embarking on huge world trip.
As you can see above, we have big plans for the next three months. We will try our best to provide somewhat up to date information of what we are doing and seeing here.
Where in the World are you going?
So our trip starts on April 22, 2009 and can be broken up in four major sections:
Japan - Two Weeks
Thailand - Three Weeks
India - Ten Days
Europe - Six Weeks
On July 27, 2009 we will be returning to San Diego.
In the next four days I will take some time to put some more detailed notes down regarding where we are going exactly. Feel free to leave some comments or send an email to me at cclemens31@gmail.com.


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