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26   Phil--At Long Last

Ann Marie at the winter Mozaik Restaurant, chap 26, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Ann Marie at the winter Mozaik Restaurant

Street workers sweeping away Istanbul's snow: Istanbul, Turkey: chap 26, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Street workers sweeping away Istanbul's snow
My friend Phil considers a major carpet purchase. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
My friend Phil considers a major carpet purchase

Ann Marie and phil after two days together. Pretty happy. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Ann Marie and phil after two days together. Pretty happy.

27   Sharing Phil

The  Termal tourist hamam gazes out beneath snowy eyebrows Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 27, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The  Termal tourist hamam gazes out beneath snowy eyebrows.

Ann Marie and Mayu pose against a snowy backdrop at Termal. Istanbul, Turkey: annmariemershon.com
Ann Marie and Mayu pose against a snowy backdrop at Termal.

We did our best to show Mayu about making a snowman, Termal, Turkey: chap 26, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We did our best to show Mayu about making a snowman.

And of course, who can resist a snowball fight? chapter 27, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
And of course, who can resist a snowball fight?

My friend Phil came to adore Mayu, and the feeling was mutual. Termal, Turkey: chapter 27, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My friend Phil came to adore Mayu, and the feeling was mutual.

So here's what a Turkish snowman looks like.Termal, Turkey: chapter 27, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
So here's what a Turkish snowman looks like.

28   Mayu's Turk Baba

Myself, Nazik (Turk Baba) and Mayu in the Hadrianus courtyard. Antalya, Turkey: chapter 28, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Myself, Nazik (Turk Baba) and Mayu in the Hadrianus courtyard.
My Libby, Mayu and I took a sunny boat cruise along the sea coast. Antalya, Turkey: chapter 28, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My Libby, Mayu and I took a sunny boat cruise along the sea coast.

We had the Perge ruins almost to ourselves, perfect for posing. Antalya, Turkey: chapter 28, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We had the Perge ruins almost to ourselves, perfect for posing.

Mayu struck a pose at the deserted Perge ruins. Antalya, Turkey: chapter 28, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Mayu struck a pose at the deserted Perge ruins.

No wonder there was so much marble at Termessos. It was ALL marble! Antalya, Turkey: chapter 28, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
No wonder there was so much marble at Termessos. It was ALL marble!

29   Distress of the Intestinal Variety

My young friends Aşkin and Söner pose with me on Istiklal. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 29, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My young friends Aşkin and Söner pose with me on Istiklal.
We indulged in a cup of coffee at the elegant Para Palace Hotel. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 29, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We indulged in a cup of coffee at the elegant Para Palace Hotel.

Söner, Mayu, and Aşkin pose on the marble steps of French Street. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 29, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Söner, Mayu, and Aşkin pose on the marble steps of French Street.

30   Lacking Vigilance

My friend Leah sat innocently grading papers upstairs at Starbuck's. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 30, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My friend Leah sat innocently grading papers upstairs at Starbuck's.

All the racket outside our window was a PKP demonstration. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 30, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
All the racket outside our window was a PKP demonstration.

Little did I know the police lines were preparing for confrontation.  Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 30, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Little did I know the police lines were preparing for confrontation.

Mobs of police in full regalia charged after the demonstrators. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 30, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Mobs of police in full regalia charged after the demonstrators.

31  Jinxed

Gypsy women sell flowers all over the city. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 31, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Gypsy women sell flowers all over the city.

Terri stands by as Jamilah scores lemons and adds them to the flowers. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 31, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Terri stands by as Jamilah scores lemons and adds them to the flowers.
A magical mix of flower petals in five shades, lemons, and water. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 31, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A magical mix of flower petals in five shades, lemons, and water.

A garish evil eye adds to the strength of our cleansing ceremony. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 31, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A garish evil eye adds to the strength of our cleansing ceremony.

32   Istanbul Bright and Dark

There's nothing like a classroom of totally blinded ninth graders. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 32, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
There's nothing like a classroom of totally blinded ninth graders.

I checked out the sun from my classroom before the eclipse began. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 32, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I checked out the sun from my classroom before the eclipse began.
Kids were diligent about using their blackout glasses to watch the eclipse. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 32, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Kids were diligent about using their blackout glasses to watch the eclipse.
I marveled at the eclipse with three of my wonderful IB students. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 32, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I marveled at the eclipse with three of my wonderful IB students.
33   Friends and Lover
My good friends Annie and Susie brought Christmas in March! Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My good friends Annie and Susie brought Christmas in March!
Dancing in the kitchen—on Rhodos.Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Dancing in the kitchen—on Rhodos.
Rhodes was replete with spring poppies.Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Rhodes was replete with spring poppies.
We slurped fruity parfaits as we sunned in Old Rhodos courtyard.Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We slurped fruity parfaits as we sunned in Old Rhodos courtyard.
We discovered this chapel on our bike up to Filermos.Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We discovered this chapel on our bike up to Filermos.
Annie and Mike pose under the huge concrete cross.Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Annie and Mike pose under the huge concrete cross.
Susie, me, Phil, Mike and Annie—GREAT friends!Rhodes, Greece: chapter 33, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Susie, me, Phil, Mike and Annie—GREAT friends!
34   Clinging Frantically
My valentine box from Phil—a fond memory. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 34, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My valentine box from Phil—a fond memory.
I guess I HAD been clinging to Phil. Love? Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 34, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I guess I HAD been clinging to Phil. Love?
35   Ayva is Quince
Libby supervises John's driving on our way to Ayvalik. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Libby supervises John's driving on our way to Ayvalik.
Little boys welcomed us to Ayvalik. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Little boys welcomed us to Ayvalik.
Ayvalik's Taksiyarhis Pension is beyond charming. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Ayvalik's Taksiyarhis Pension is beyond charming.
The view from our terrace overlooked the harbor and the  Greek island of Lesbos. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The view from our terrace overlooked the harbor and the
Greek island of Lesbos.
Ayvalık's harbor teems with little fishing boats—oh, so charming. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Ayvalık's harbor teems with little fishing boats—oh, so charming.
My friend Nora relaxes with Libby on the terrace of our Ayvalık pension. Ayvalık, Turkey: chapter 35, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My friend Nora relaxes with Libby on the terrace of our Ayvalık pension.
36   One Doggone Point
Koç students just a little wiped after a night of studying for exams. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 36, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Koç students just a little wiped after a night of studying for exams.
Koç students kick back, filling time between exams. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 36, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Koç students kick back, filling time between exams.

With most exams 80 minutes, the short history exam was welcome. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 36, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
With most exams 80 minutes, the short history exam was welcome.
The tension during exams at Istanbul's Koç High School was palpable. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 36, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The tension during exams at Istanbul's Koç High School was palpable.
37   Please, Love Turkey
The hanging lamps in the Kybele entranced us. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The hanging lamps in the Kybele entranced us.
My son Ross, Libby and I relaxed with a Bosphorus cruise after his flight. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My son Ross, Libby and I relaxed with a Bosphorus cruise after his flight.
It breaks my heart to see the old Ottoman houses crumbling. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
It breaks my heart to see the old Ottoman houses crumbling.
I was tickled when my sister Laura came to join us in Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I was tickled when my sister Laura came to join us in Istanbul.
I pose with Laura and Ross at the Ephesus amphitheater. Amazing! Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I pose with Laura and Ross at the Ephesus amphitheater. Amazing!
This sweet woman knitted merchandise as she managed her sales. Turkey: chapter 37, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
This sweet woman knitted merchandise as she managed her sales.
On our second windbound day we explored a nearby waterfall.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
On our second windbound day we explored a nearby waterfall.
38    A Summer Embraced
My kayak buddies pose against the wind that landlocked us along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My kayak buddies pose against the wind that landlocked us along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.
Annie paddles by the multi-colored cliffs that gave this park its name.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Annie paddles by the multi-colored cliffs that gave this park its name.
Mike and Annie read as we waited for winds to die down.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Mike and Annie read as we waited for winds to die down.
I couldn't resist including this shot from a canoe trip that summer. Grand Marais, MN, BWCAW: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I couldn't resist including this shot from a canoe trip that summer.
Jini and Annie pause after poking into shoreline caves.Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan: chapter 38, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Jini and Annie pause after poking into shoreline caves.
39   Back to...Oh, NO!  
Orange fungi grew from my bedroom baseboards. UGH! Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 39, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Orange fungi grew from my bedroom baseboards. UGH!
I was appalled to discover moldy walls in my lojman at Koç. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 39, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I was appalled to discover moldy walls in my lojman at Koç.
My new friend Dee and I pose for a quick photo. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 39, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My new friend Dee and I pose for a quick photo.
Dee and I explore Kadiköy (and its restaurants)  with three other new teachers. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 39, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Dee and I explore Kadiköy (and its restaurants)
with three other new teachers.
40   Second Time Around
Campus teachers share in the joys of each new family member. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 40, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Campus teachers share in the joys of each new family member.
A parade of school service buses deliver students to Koç each day. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 40, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A parade of school service buses deliver students to Koç each day.
My lovely sheep had been shorn before my return to Koç. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 40, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My lovely sheep had been shorn before my return to Koç.
41   Stealing Away
A double door-knocker, product of a Kemaliye artisan. Kemaliye & Divriği, Turkey: chapter 41, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A double door-knocker, product of a Kemaliye artisan.
Little boys who'd been playing in the street with their wooden swords.
Little boys who'd been playing in the street with their wooden swords.
When soldiers drove by, these Turkish boys leapt to attention. Kemaliye & Divriği, Turkey: chapter 41, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
When soldiers drove by, these Turkish boys leapt to attention.
A rare spot in the tunnels where two vans could stop side-by-side. Kemaliye & Divriği, Turkey: chapter 41, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A rare spot in the tunnels where two vans could stop side-by-side.
Looking down on the Euphrates from a break in the tunnels. Kemaliye & Divriği, Turkey: chapter 41, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Looking down on the Euphrates from a break in the tunnels.
These stunning Selçuk carvings surround the Divriği portals. Kemaliye & Divriği, Turkey: chapter 41, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
These stunning Selçuk carvings surround the Divriği portals.
42   Joys and Woes
Koç High School students gather in their beautiful commons area. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 42, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Koç High School students gather in their beautiful commons area.
Koç teachers chill out on Game Night at the Social Center. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 42, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Koç teachers chill out on Game Night at the Social Center.
French teacher Nora considers her next move on the game board. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 42, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
French teacher Nora considers her next move on the game board.
Koç teachers pose along the Black Sea at Şile: Dee, Me and the kids. Şile, Turkey: chapter 42, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Koç teachers pose along the Black Sea at Şile: Dee, Me and the kids.
43   Oh, For a Cup of Tea
We were charmed by this girl herding her calf through  mountain pastures. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We were charmed by this girl herding her calf through  mountain pastures.
It seemed the women in northern Turkey did all the heavy work. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
It seemed the women in northern Turkey did all the heavy work.
Terri, me and Dee, the only diners during Ramadan in Uzungül. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Terri, me and Dee, the only diners during Ramadan in Uzungül.
Uzungül's picturesque mosque on the lake, a poppy's perspective. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Uzungül's picturesque mosque on the lake, a poppy's perspective.
The Sumela Monastery hangs on a cliff face near Trabzon, Turkey. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The Sumela Monastery hangs on a cliff face near Trabzon, Turkey.
Sadly, Sumela's religious frescoes have been defaced over the years. Trabzon, Turkey, chap 43, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Sadly, Sumela's religious frescoes have been defaced over the years.
44   The Cave Hotel
Cappadocia's oddly-shaped fairy chimneys are amazing. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Cappadocia's oddly-shaped fairy chimneys are amazing.
I pose with Dee and Sarah on a hike through the Rose Valley in Cappadocia. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I pose with Dee and Sarah on a hike through the Rose Valley in Cappadocia.
If you ever want to take a balloon ride, do it in Cappadocia. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
If you ever want to take a balloon ride, do it in Cappadocia.
Early morning balloons float through Cappadocia's eerie landscape. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Early morning balloons float through Cappadocia's eerie landscape.
Leslie gets help disembarking from the balloon. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Leslie gets help disembarking from the balloon.
Dee clutches her flowers as she feigns fear and amazement on the balloon. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Dee clutches her flowers as she feigns fear and amazement on the balloon.
These ladies, in typical dress, chat on a doorstep in Göreme. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
These ladies, in typical dress, chat on a doorstep in Göreme.
A Turkish grandmother welcomes us into her home in Göreme. Cappadocia, Turkey, chap 44, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A Turkish grandmother welcomes us into her home in Göreme.
45   An Unexpected Visit
My niece Laura marvels at a dessert plate at the Teachers' Day Gala. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 45, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My niece Laura marvels at a dessert plate at the Teachers' Day Gala.
The most ornate birdhouse in Istanbul perches on a medresi  behind the Beyazit Hamam. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 45, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The most ornate birdhouse in Istanbul perches on a medresi
behind the Beyazit Hamam.
This sweet beggar was pleased to smile for a photo. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 45, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
This sweet beggar was pleased to smile for a photo.
Edda explains the history of the refurbished Taş Han as we  overlook its open courtyard. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 45, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Edda explains the history of the refurbished Taş Han as we
overlook its open courtyard.
46   Seized!
The Koç School nurse walked up to tend Laura on my couch. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 46, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The Koç School nurse walked up to tend Laura on my couch.
The Amerikan Polikliniği in Istanbul, our first stop of the day. Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 46, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The Amerikan Polikliniği in Istanbul, our first stop of the day.
47   The Decision
Did I want to leave friends and travel buddies behind? Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 47, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Did I want to leave friends and travel buddies behind?
Would I miss my dear friend David? Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 47, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Would I miss my dear friend David?
Did I really want to return to our Minnesota winters? Istanbul, Turkey: chapter 47, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Did I really want to return to our Minnesota winters?
48   Yahşibey Christmas
Age-old transport was typical in Yahşibey. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Age-old transport was typical in Yahşibey.
Laura ponders her Yahşibey Christmas in front of the fireplace. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Laura ponders her Yahşibey Christmas in front of the fireplace.
We "taste tested" fresh olive oil in a tea glass. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
We "taste tested" fresh olive oil in a tea glass.
The olive oil store had one product and one dispenser. Easy. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The olive oil store had one product and one dispenser. Easy.
Laura and Dee joyfully prepare our Christmas feast. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Laura and Dee joyfully prepare our Christmas feast.
David displays his Christmas gift from Kerime. Yahşibey, Turkey: chapter 48, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
David displays his Christmas gift from Kerime.
David's neighbor carries olive tree boughs for her cow's lunch.
49   Prague? Why not?  
Prague's stunning St. Vitus Cathedral- Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49 You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Prague's stunning St. Vitus Cathedral
Musicians play on St. Charles Bridge in spite of the cold. Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Musicians play on St. Charles Bridge in spite of the cold.
The Bone Church features a crest and crown crafted of bones.  Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The Bone Church features a crest and crown crafted of bones.
Another spine-tingling view in the Bone Church.Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Another spine-tingling view in the Bone Church.
This well-oiled New Year's reveler dances on a rooftop.Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
This well-oiled New Year's reveler dances on a rooftop.
Prague's Jewish cemetery nearly bursts with tombstones.Prague, Czech Republic: chapter 49, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Prague's Jewish cemetery nearly bursts with tombstones.
50   Love Those Feluccas
An Egyptian boy helps himself at a community water supply. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
An Egyptian boy helps himself at a community water supply.
An Egyptian man eyes the American tourists as we walk by. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
An Egyptian man eyes the American tourists as we walk by.
A bevy of Nile Feluccas surround a small river craft. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A bevy of Nile Feluccas surround a small river craft.
Captain Fox watches for a breeze on our Nile excursion. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Captain Fox watches for a breeze on our Nile excursion.
Captain Fox hopped off the boat to tow us along the windless Nile. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Captain Fox hopped off the boat to tow us along the windless Nile.
Dee and I took a turn at the mammoth oars. Nile River Valley, Egypt: chapter 50, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Dee and I took a turn at the mammoth oars.
51   Sinai Sunrise  
Sinai's snow-covered stone steps were a challenge at best. Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Sinai's snow-covered stone steps were a challenge at best.
This chilly shopkeeper snuggled under numerous blankets  as he awaited customers.Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
This chilly shopkeeper snuggled under numerous blankets
as he awaited customers.
This  group of students waited for the sunrise on top of Mount Sinai.Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
This  group of students waited for the sunrise on top of Mount Sinai.
The sun emerged as we hiked back down, and snowball fights ensued.Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
The sun emerged as we hiked back down, and snowball fights ensued.
Proof that I did, indeed, climb Mount Sinai in the snow.Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Proof that I did, indeed, climb Mount Sinai in the snow.
My sentiments exactly.Mount Sinai, Egypt: chapter 51, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
My sentiments exactly.
52 Petra--Unforgettable 
I was charmed by this Bedoin girl trying to sell her baby goat. Petra, Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
I was charmed by this Bedoin girl trying to sell her baby goat.
Little did I know as we entered the Siq, what lay in store for me. Petra, Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Little did I know as we entered the Siq, what lay in store for me.
Hiking the Siq was an awe-inspiring experiece. Petra, Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Hiking the Siq was an awe-inspiring experiece.
A camel awaits passengers before a Petra tomb. Petra, Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
A camel awaits passengers before a Petra tomb.
Our amazing guide Mahmud wore my blue jacket as he explained the history of his previous home. Petra, Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Our amazing guide Mahmud wore my blue jacket as he explained the history of his previous home.
Allana, Mollie and Leslie cavorted  as we slathered ourselves with Dead Sea mud. Jordan: chapter 52, You must only to love them. http://mershon.wordpress.com
Allana, Mollie and Leslie cavorted
as we slathered ourselves with Dead Sea mud.

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