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Mar 9th 2013 10:31AM I can't disagree with you Vickie about many of those unfortunate facts, but as CJY points out so well, every country has its darkness. This article was to dispel some untrue generalizations and stereotypes about Turkey, not to paint it as a utopia where nothing has ever gone wrong. If we kept every place with a questionable history off our travel list, we'd never go anywhere.
Mar 7th 2013 6:40PM Thanks Mike, very good point about the Middle East not being a bad place. It certainly isn't, but I think many Americans attribute some of the more fundamentalist qualities of the Middle East to Turkey which isn't fair. Yes, you *can* call it part of the Middle East, but you can also call it part of Europe or Central Asia. Also, the majority of Turks that I know do not wish to be aligned with the Middle East. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as they say!
Jan 29th 2013 2:42PM Well said, Dave. You know I agree, especially about travel as a teaching opportunity for how to behave in public. My baby has been to 14 countries now, and America is by far the most difficult and hostile with a small child. I do understand and respect the need for some adults-only hotels, such as spa resorts and small, romantic inns, just as there is a need for all-inclusive, family resorts. I doubt I'd ever be interested in either side of the spectrum, but there's a market for them!
Oct 31st 2012 9:59PM Saw this story, very cool but reluctant to give another app my info. Plus, what if the battery dies or the phone is stolen? Great concept, but I'll need more info before checking in via phone.
Oct 29th 2012 10:52AM Thanks for the info Chris, we're happy to be proved wrong if it means more beer to sample!
Sep 10th 2012 11:28AM These are awesome tips, thanks! I forgot about the free BBQs, very cool! Camping was kind of out in winter (and with a crawling baby) but would definitely do it on a future summer trip.
Sep 7th 2012 6:47AM Thanks for your excellent comment, agreed on all counts! Glad to hear NZ has made you a repeat visitor, I'd return even if I didn't have family in the country, especially for summer. Perhaps I'll go back for the Zorbing when the baby is old enough to do it with me!
Apr 11th 2012 3:22AM Great piece Dave! Even after two years living abroad, I still say I'm from New York first, America second. I went to Frankfurt last December to visit a German friend, and he insisted on taking me to Heidelberg, saying that other Americans wouldn't believe I'd go to Germany without seeing the city. We visited during the Christmas market season and it was pretty magical, thanks in part to having an "insider" along to steer us through and past the American tourists. Part of me does still cringe a bit when I hear other Americans in Istanbul, but I'm also proud that they came here, and I might even volunteer to show them around my adopted city.
Mar 13th 2012 2:31AM Fair enough Charley, but I'd say there are lots of ways to calm the baby too. Lots of airlines are seating all the babies together in so-called "baby ghettos" which seems a bad idea given children tend to set each other off. A lot of it is up to the parents to choose flight times that will mean an easier baby, and a lot of space between passengers helps too!