Bus Boys

19 Responses

  1. Pearl says:

    Best opening line ever.

    That was a helluva day, Joce! And done with aplomb. You set a fine Midwestern example (all of you!).

    Totally loved this entire post.


  2. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    I love that the women in the pink was doing just what any of us would have been doing–checking her phone.

    What's your position on "teaspoonSful" versus "teaspoonfulS?"

  3. Michael says:

    It is interesting that the same scenario could have happenend in any third world country. I have experienced similar adventures in Madagascar, although there was a bank guard with a scimitar.

  4. geewits says:

    And yet another great tale from the east. You guys rock. I'm so happy you got to see some familiar faces. As for the technical thing, if I get too wrapped up in something like that I just change it into something like "those know-it-all type of people" or "the know-it-all types" keeps you safe. Oh yeah, keep safe!

  5. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    Wow! Stewards and refreshments on a bus! Great concept-and they make miscellaneous repairs as well? It is ironic that already you are running into people whom you know in Turkey. Sort of like you would in Minn.
    Keep adventuring. (how does that sound to the grammar techies?)

  6. unmitigated me says:

    What an adventure! At home, it would just be annoying. In either place, it's great blog fodder. Hooray for laid-back kiddoes!

  7. Shieldmaiden96 says:

    That picture of Himself and Himself Senior is outstanding. They even lean at the same angle.

    (I had a similar revelation once while watching my dad tell a story and realizing I was looking at my own face. We even have the same expressions, the same pauses for effect, the same hand gestures.)

    I am really enjoying your posts from your adventure. You are in a country I've only ever seen pictures of in National Geographic and its nice to get a sense of what its really like.

  8. christopher says:

    Great to have faith and fortitude when needed.

    Keep the good times rolling.

  9. Becky C. says:

    Ahhh, an unexpected foreign adventure. They're always best viewed from some point in the future when the happily ever after is comfortably assured. You have angels for children which allowed you to focus on the positive. Great story!

  10. Pam says:

    Fun and quirkish
    All things Turkish, eh Joce??
    Enjoying your posts immensely!

  11. Deborah says:


    This is the sound of me and the synonym finder trying to find the best possible adjective to describe this post. Nothing comes even close, however, so I will proffer an inadequate 'frabjuous'.

    Your kids are the best. If ever they need to be adopted, I will be at the ready. Especially if they've inherited even an iota of their mother's sense of humour.

    What a story! My friend Maggie would just smile and say that the universe took care of everything. Maybe you'd even believe that too, by now.

  12. ds says:

    The little joys of travel are without number…Am all caught up now, having vicariously experienced dolmus etiquette and Istanbul with you and now this, which could have ended up as the Excursion from Hell and instead became An Interesting Anecdote that You Will Tell Your Friends Forever. Because your kids are Great, your in-lawsare Wonderful, and the attendant and the steward are incredible young men. Also because you write like a dream, and have me dreaming of Turkey…sigh.

    P.S. Also contemplating your insight/question from post before this because it is profound…Thank you.

  13. secret agent woman says:

    I think you should have married him. It would be good to have a spare husband in a foreign country.

    But I am really struggling with the very disturbing idea of you being into S&M clubs. 😮

  14. monica says:

    Ah – what a day, what a bus, what a crisp white shirt-boy. And how wonderful I could imagine it was to settle into that big flat… and just relax.. :o) Your Groomeo sure is his fathers spitting image ..

  15. lime says:

    ok, i am in love with the steward. that picture of him on the hill and your description sealed it for me. god bless the steward and the lady on the second bus who helped direct you to where you needed to be. what a couple of angles.

  16. Jim Berg says:

    What is Turkish for "All Jocelyn really wants in life is a houseboy"?

  17. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I think you need the houseboy. Your children are a modern miracle. You are a marvel.

  18. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    The smell of burning rubber is often a dead skunk on the road, which is never good for the skunk.

    I think maybe the best lesson from travel is not actually what we see, but learning to adjust our own expectations and to be open to whatever happens. So, having learned that, can you come home now? Or more to the point, will you ever be able to bring yourselves to return? Not that MN is not also beautiful, so hold those face-slaps, but Turkey looks like a most extraordinary place. Thanks for the glorious story, and don't forget your sunscreen.

    And yes, Byron is his father's clone.

  19. Steve says:

    Holy crap! Byron and poppa are twins. Even the tilt of the head.

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