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From left to right - Linda, Prema, Sanjay, Amy, Sarah, Chris, Christine and Joe

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Posted by wacphila 10:37 Archived in USA Tagged events

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I am thrilled to be the first user of such a great communication device for group travel. I have used a blog in my INternational Studies Program and my World History classes. I invite participants to check it out at www.clearblogs.com/westis
I, of course, am getting very excited about Turkey and am in the midst of reading Orhan Pamuk's memoirs of Istanbul which captures the mystery and history of the city. Since we will spend quite a bit of time there I am anxious to explore it. His life in many ways seems to reflect much of what Istanbul means to Turkey and, Turkey, to the world.
Off we go.... Joe Selfridge, West Catholic HS

by wacphila

Thanks WACPhila for providing this tool as we travel abroad. I, too, am getting excited for our trip to Turkey and second Joe's comments regarding Istanbul ... but I am just as ambitious to see the rest of the stops on our itinerary!
I recently met a young woman at the bank who is from Turkey --- as I mentioned the many places that we plan to visit, she threw her arms around me and said "Oh you will see the best that Turkey has to share. You will not be disappointed ..." and she then began telling me tidbits about each of the cities/areas we will visit. My five minute stop turned into an hour filled with what I consider to be invaluable information shared by a new friend! I open my arms to Turkey and can't wait to embrace her culture, people, and sites! ... Amy Laslow, Dover Air MS

by wacphila

Prema and I are excited as well. We have been reading up a lot about Turkey but still feel haven't made a dent yet. There is so much to learn and see.
Thanks WAC Philadelphia for sponsoring this trip and providing this platform to share our experiences and learn from each other.
Prema has been reading Turkish Reflections by Mary Lee Settle and I am sticking to Fodors and Eyewitness travel guides and Internet.

Just a couple of friendly reminders:
-Don't forget your camera(s) and most importantly the chargers/batteries and adapters. I will carry couple of spare adapters just in case someone forgets.
- Call your credit card company and let them know if you plan to use it in Turkey. Sometimes for security reason, the computor generated fraud program will see unusal activity and will automatically stop your transactions. Check with them if they charge a 'foreign transaction' fee (typically 3% of purchase).
-If you do not your mail delivered while you are away, go on US Mail website and ask them to hold your mail.

Looking forward to a great trip and a lot of good company.

Sanjay and Prema Deshmukh, U Penn. Museum

by wacphila

Joe,

You're doing a great job of making me feel as though I am on the trip with you. I can't wait to see the pictures.

Dennis

by wacphila

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