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  1. kmkat says:

    OMG, you are THERE! Fabulous.

    I'm glad that Turkey reminds you of Billings rather than Butte. That city sucks big-time in the visual arena.

    Those fairy castle-troglodyte thingies might just be cool in the summer, being made of rock and all.

  2. unmitigated me says:

    I bet they don't even need to vacuum things in Morocco, largest sector of Tunisia. Tell Groom I was feeling all superior about the Tunisia bit…no, wait. I'll go to his page and rub it in.

  3. Becky C. says:

    Loved the Sound of Music reference, and the Annie one, too. But mostly LOVED the enchanting pictures! No, not of Groom, the cave houses, of course. Hope you get to see inside those at least once. Bet they're cooler than "modern" housing, too, what with all that natural insulation. Wow. Such an adventure!

  4. Jeni says:

    Phew! That one paragraph with the never-ending (seemingly so) sentence was quite breath taking. I will never again feel guilty when I too write some really long, rambling sentences -anywhere! (Yes, I know I am very guilty of doing that and of even including several different topics in one of those sentences at times too.)
    But I am loving the tours you are providing and living vicariously with you and your family as you get yourselves entrenched into a totally different culture for the coming year. Keep the dialogue going, Girl!

  5. Fragrant Liar says:

    Wow. Methinks you are the one who's been slugging down the Red Bulls! You sound so energetic, or thrilled to be in a foreign land? Congrats on getting there in one piece.

    The pics of those buildings are really interesting. I had no idea. They look like people dug out homes in the rocks, including small windows.

    I just read, in an unscientific survey, that Morocco outshines Tunisia. Does that help?

  6. lime says:

    it's amazing the similarities we find eh? after whetting my appetite i now want to see the inside of one of those cave houses.

    as for the drinker of redbull? it's the one in the white chador. i can tell these things.

  7. ds says:

    What a scene! Glad you arrived all safe and sound. Those cave houses look amazing; definitely want to find out more about those.
    Looking forward to the next installment of your adventures…

  8. Deborah says:

    The best travel post I have ever read, ever, ever. Your sense of humour made it along with all those bags, and despite major jet lag. AND Turkish tummy!
    Wonderful and funny and honest and …funny. It's possible that your year in Turkey might be more memorable for the Turks, who surely have never encountered anybody like you before.
    This was fabulous, and …funny.

  9. Star says:

    Glad to see you are making friends. Thanks for the tour. As one who never says "never" I am still fairly confident this is the closest I will ever get to Turkey.

  10. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    The heat has not affected your mad writing skillz one whit. Thank goodness!

  11. jess says:

    It's all so exciting!!!

  12. geewits says:

    Tonight on "60 Minutes" they showed those weird stone dome funky things and I jumped all up like a monkey shouting, "That's where Jocelyn is!!" You should go and look at the ancient religious paintings inside some of them from the beginning of Christianity. It was pretty awesome.
    Hey, you're doing great so far and are keeping it together. Keep your head up and enjoy the view.

  13. monica says:

    Acon in the flat? yes off course… and thank God, or Allah for that… those rock houses/castles rock!
    Keep up the spirit!

  14. Jazz says:

    Wow. Just wow… How cool. I've always wanted to go to Cappadocia, that lovely region of Morocco.

  15. secret agent woman says:

    You made it! I didn't go to Tunisia but did a couple of spots in Turkey. When you are in Istanbul, you ahve to check out the Grand Bazaar. (Oh, and I recommend the pistachio Turkish delight – mmmmm)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Awww-Geewits took my comment! I was watching the 60 Minutes rerun, too-and told my huband-"That blogger from Duluth who took her whole family to Turkey for a year?-that's where they are!!!" He was a bit underimpressed, but then, he was not able to appreciate it, not having read your blog, after all.
    It looks absolutely amazing, and your family sounds as though they are doing well considering jet lag, culture shock, and language barriers. Enjoy, Enjoy, and stay cool.


  17. choochoo says:

    I'm nowhere near there, but I still like to lie around and feel all dopy.

  18. Steve says:

    Those cave dwellings in the hoodoos are amazing. Have you seen a Wookie?

  19. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Wow! Amazing pictures, Miss Hannigan. I can't believe you're actually there and hope you find a place to live soon.

    My favorite penny candy as a child was called "Turkish taffy" and was a paper-wrapped sheet of hard white sweet stuff that became chewy with the addition of saliva. So your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what its real name is. (If you choose not to, your computer will self-destruct in 5 seconds.)

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