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Camping outside a Bulgarian Monastery

We spent a day in Plovdiv walking around and admired the Old Town. Luckily, we met a couple from Australia who were on a...

The Bosphorus River Cruise

We jumped on an early tram and made our way down to the port the following morning. We arrived just in time as a huge line had already...

Welcome to Istanbul, Friend

Having arrived in Istanbul at 11:00pm, we were a little out of luck for transportation. We waited for the Metro and then took the trolley...

Homer’s Troy and Gallipoli

After a restful night, we awoke early to talk with the manager of the hostel about the package tours to Gallipoli and Troy. We were shocked...

Ephesus is Still Alive

After posing ridiculously on all of the old ruins and monuments we could find in the three ancient cities and camping for the night, we...

The Three Ancient Cities

Priene, Miletus and Didyma are three rather impressive ruins along the Aegean Coast that are smaller than Ephesus, but were important...

A Journey to Try One’s Patience

Although we had made a pact never to take another night bus, we found ourselves booked on the 12:30pm bus from Fethiye to Aydan, where we...

12 Islands Cruise

We arrived in Fethiye and were immediately hit by how relaxed the city seemed. Boats lined the coast, which was on a steep hill overlooking...

Olympos is Paradise

We experienced a taste of what hell must be like on the overnight bus from Cappadocia to Olympos. What was supposed to be an 11 hour ride...

Cappadocia Living in Fairy Towers

We arrived in Cappadocia extremely excited and giddy, having seen the fairy towers out the bus window. We checked into the Traveler’s...

Ankara to Cappadocia

On the evening of the 26th I found a shuttle to the airport and waited for Matt, my friend since 1st grade, to arrive in Ankara. Lauren...

Reaching the Capital, Ankara

Having enjoyed our time in Safranbolu, but eager to get out of a town that was little more than a giant tourist trap complete with cliché...

Ottoman Culture Survives in Safranbolu

We arrived in Safranbolu, named after the plant Safron, around 8pm and instantly realized our bus driver, who was to deposit us in the...

Sinop, A Taste of the Med on the Black Sea Coast

Trabzon and the magnificent hanging monastery of Sumela disappeared in the distance behind us as we boarded yet another bus heading West....

Trabzon and Sumela Monastery

After a restful week in Yusufeli we felt more than up to the task of our 6 hour bus ride to Trabzon. This was no ordinary road, but a...

ATC Joins the Mongol Rally 2010

Lauren and Mike landed a team in the Mongol Rally 2010! We’re in the process of picking a few team members, looking for sponsors, and...

Yusufeli and rainy camping

Having arrived in Yusufeli without a map, we had to rely on shabby LP written directions to get us a place to sleep. We have not had good...

Sarpi Border Crossing Into Turkey

Having crossed several borders, with shady officials and legitimate ones, we have now crossed the easiest border on the planet between the...

Batumi Beach Paradise

After Bojormi National Park, Gori, Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Baku, and the Caspian Sea ferry, we were ready for a break. However, we were unaware...

Dinosaur Footprints and Creepy Caves

Although not in any guidebook for the area, our hostel owners told us about a cave not far from town that we could get to only via a cab....

Kutaisi, Georgia and the Bagrati Cathedral

Kutaisi, Georgia offered us some much needed rest after city-hopping for the previous few days.  The minibus dropped us off at a random...

IMAGINE: A Vagabond Story, Book Review

Grant Lingel weaves a fascinating and modern coming-of-age tale about an American boy from New York fresh out of college who finds himself...

Bjormi National Park

Bjormi National Park is a colossal nature preserve covered in a criss-cross pattern of winding eco-trails and camping grounds. For 5 GEL a...

Gori Stalin’s Birthplace

Gori is a relatively small town nestled against a weak river with a small fortress resting on a hill in the center of town. Once the...

A Near Miss on Base Camp One

In the morning we awoke to the sounds of people around us, and, paranoid that we should perhaps not be camping on church grounds, packed up...