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Look at Serkan's face. Serkan must be thinking about what's in store next day... You'd think our in-country trip coordinator would be smiling on the joyous occasion of our welcome dinner in Istanbul, especially wearing his new Wildland Adventures shirt! But, alas, we have to cut Serkan some slack...the next day after our dinner together, he was driving 4 hours to his fiance's village to ask for her hand in marriage and seek approval from the folks! So, we can understand how he might have been a bit distracted in the moment the picture was taken thinking what he was going to say the next day! But, just minutes later, he and our Turkish director and lead guide, Alper, got up from the table to smile big time in celebration of the moment at the start of our 25th Wildland Anniversary Adventure in Turkey.   And, oh, by the way, the...
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Sleeping Under Mediterranean Starry Skies

When was the last time you slept on deck of a Phoenician style wooden schooner under the stars anchored in a quiet cove on the Mediterranean?    The best seasons to travel in Turkey  are spring and fall. On this late summer air the morning air was warm and sky clear so most of us take our leopard blankets up top to sleep on the thick sun mattresses covering much of the deck.       My favorite anchorage was our first morning we awoke on board at Simena Cove. Several of us arose at dawn to watch the sunrise over the placid channel between two spits of land covered in ancient ruins silhouetted in orange and red in the glassy water.      Since I slept in my bathing suit and t-shirt, I woke up and jumped off the bow feeling no difference in temperature between the warm dawn air and languid...
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Performing Live From Asia Minor!

One of my favorite and most memorable experiences on Wildland Adventures in Turkey that we did on our first trip to Turkey 25 years ago, we did it again on this anniversary adventure in the Simena Castle: We advised everyone in the group who wanted to participate, to bring a favorite literary piece, or plan to share a personal performance of any kind in the seat of antiquity if they felt inclined. Imagine the setting on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey : From inscriptions that have been found here, the history of the ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th century BC. Stepping onto the dock where our zodiac drops us we pass by a sarcophagus on the seashore and begin climbing up the hill among village houses soon reaching the entrance to the castle of Simena used during the Middle Ages by the Byzantines. Inside the medieval walls of the inner...
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Kayaking Over A Sunken City In Turkey

After beating the streets of the old city in Istanbul, and hiking ancient trails through Cappadocia, then driving over the Taurus Mountains to Antalya, we dropped our bags in our sea front cottages in the village of Cirali and flung ourselves into the warm, salty Mediterranean. Ahhh...this is what I love most about this trip. By September the summer sun has heated the sea and the salinity keeps you afloat; I turn on my back, ears below the water so I can only hear my breath, and close my eyes--I'm back in the womb.  The first day of our forthcoming 5 night voyage along the Turquoise Coast several of us arose early to watch the sun arise out of the sea and the day started aglow in orange and red over the glistening, calm Mediterranean Sea rippling by the swimmer lazily taking a dip at dawn. Before we board our gulet...
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Konya: The Center of Islam and Birthplace of Sufism

One member of our group, David has read poems and studied writings of Rumi every day for the past 30 years so traveling through this bastion of Islam region where Sufism and whirling dervish orders flourished and Selcuk culture was centered was especially a highlight for him. If you have any interest in Rumi, Sufiism and Whirling Dervish, it's worth reading up a bit before arriving here about Rumi's life and teachings, but if not it's such a great opportunity to learn more especially the way we do it on this trip. Konya is not just a bus stop to see the Mevlana Museum ("Mevlana" is another name for "Rumi") and his mausoleum. Visiting the mosque in Konya and where Rumi is buried along with the displays of beautiful Korans and many objects of life used by mystic Meveli Sufis, some of whom were also Ottoman Sultans are impressive, but what's...
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