Hey everybody! Laura’s got a write-up coming about our last week or two. Me? I’ve got some photos to share. But first a few bombshells and a note on spelling.
Bombshell number 1: We will be getting our visas to visit Iran within the next two days, although it’ll be a month or more before we go. After lots of research about the situation there and speaking with other travelers (as well as Turks), we’ve decided we’d be crazy not to visit this amazing and hospitable country. Stay tuned to the blog for some more information about why Iran (as a country) is not the bogeyman you hear about in your newspapers every day.
Bombshell number 2: We’ve got tickets to Italy. We’ll be flying there on March 26 from Istanbul. We have plans to spend the better part of a month in Laura’s old stomping grounds of Lanciano, visiting her good friend Cris and Cris’ family, as well as seeing her other old friend Christine. For those who were at our wedding, you may remember these lovely ladies as two of Laura’s five lovely bridesmaids. (Laura just told me that’s a lot of “lovelies”)… but hey, if the shoe fits…
Bombshell number 3: We didn’t get into the video finals for the CIRA Showusyour.ca contest. Oh well, life goes on. At least one lady thought we deserved to win. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support. We’ll just have to keep making movies. After all, even Spielberg was misunderstood at first. And speaking of Spielberg, did we tell you that he was at the Imperial War Museum in London the same day we were? A curator we spoke to told us he was checking out the First World War displays at the same time we were (as research for a new project). Laura and I figured we walked right by him without noticing. But I digress.
And an anti-climactic note on my choices of spelling: throughout the blog, attentive readers (such as my former Gauntlet colleagues) may have noticed some inconsistencies of spelling in place names. This has been done in part to preserve phonetic pronunciation since I don’t have access to all of the Turkish characters, and our English-speaking audience wouldn’t know how to pronounce them anyway. In other, more rare instances, my inconsistencies have been intended to provide a sense of authenticity. As any traveler in Turkey can tell you, place names are often spelled in multiple ways, at least unofficially, often due to poor attempts at English translation. So, for instance, Kapadokya becomes Capadocia, even though in Turkish C’s are pronounced like J’s.
It certainly is not pronounced “Japadojia,” although according to Turkish phonetic spelling (which is very consistent) that’s exactly how it should be pronounced. Anyway, now I really digress. On to the photo magic!