Date archive for January, 2015
By David Gaines On Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
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Visiting Turkey’s Famed Hagia Sophia

Several years ago I read a book about the Ottoman Empire, one of many that talked about Hagia Sophia. The more I read about it, its history which predates the Ottoman Empire by several centuries, the higher More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul, Turkey

After waiting a little longer than I would’ve preferred, we were finally on our way to the boat for the Bosphorus Boat Tour. As a mob, we started walking. And walking. And kept walking. And More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Walking Around Sultanahmet Square Looking for a Place to Warm Up

After visiting the Blue Mosque, we walked around the tourist area, checking out the other landmarks. In the plaza area near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, there are these obelisks and other cool structures. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

The main attraction in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. For me at least. When we finally made our way around the corner to visit the historic site, well, about a hundred or two other people beat us to More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Quick Walk Around the Block from the Hotel

There is no such place as a major city without a McDonald’s [well, except Nairobi]. And we Americans, even when we’re in foreign countries and are open to trying foreign foods and experiencing More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Taking a Detour on the Way Back Home

The worst part of traveling is having to say goodbye. When you first get a on a plane to go to wherever you’re going, there’s an excitement, anticipation that grips you as you embark. More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Differences Between American and Kenyan Dairy Products and Road Rules

Just a quick note about the differences in our dairy section and Kenyan’s dairy products. See, we have a section of the stores just for dairy, 99.9 percent of the time it’s refrigerated. More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Kenya Trip Part II: Visiting Family and Friends and All Those Precious Little Ones!

When Kenyans go home for the holidays, it’s common they’ll head upcountry to visit their families. The shags they call it. We call it the boonies. The first part of a trip to Kenya is More...