We're getting close to winding up the Turkish leg of our trip through. Here are a few random, sleep-deprived thoughts:
- You know when you realize you are on a whirlwind tour? When you start waking up in hotels not knowing what city you're in.
- An update on my roommate:
- He's an amazing repository of knowledge of the different ways people have served (& are serving) others internationally
- Wherever we go, the locals greet him in their native tongue, thinking he's from the area too.
- We call him "Rev. Dean" and "Dr. No"
- We were able to teach Tony, a Latino friend traveling with us, the clothing term, "going command-o." (And, no, none of us were "going command-o"). 🙂
- 9 of my 13 flights are behind me.
- This is a great place to eat if you like kebab. It's everywhere.
A couple nights ago, we were driving to our next hotel in Istanbul. Hopped out of the car for 10 minutes to snap these shots of 2 of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world: the Blue Mosque & the Hagia Sophia. Wow. Even at night, for just 5 minutes each, they were breathtaking.
- I am fully adjusted into this timezone…right now, 8 hours ahead of KC…just in time for me to fly back & get all messed up again. 🙂
- Side Note: I've heard it take about 1 day for every 1 hour of time zone difference for your body to adjust. That is, if you go back 8 timezones, which I will tomorrow, it takes on average 8 days to feel totally normal.
- We have had an incredibly productive time of prayer, discussion, brainstorming with friends old & new. All sorts of thots are spinning now.
Right now, we're in Izmir, the Biblical "Smyrna" of Revelation 2:8, and the third largest city in Turkey (4 million people). It is a stunningly beautiful seaside city.
- I'll spend a good chunk of my return flights working on the kickoff to our "Love & Sex" series next weekend.
- While I was here, I had the miss the birth of Addy Williams, Jim & Kellie's new baby girl. I saw a picture though. Too cute! I can't wait to see her when I get back.
- I REALLY miss my family & am ready to head home.