Setting out to capture the trip to Turkey in photos was a challenge on its own. Most photos were taken on the run, corralling 8 children over urban terrain in a bustling city environment. The rain caused the camera to stay under wraps for periods of time. We had no control, of course, over rain or temperatures, both of which seemed for a time to work hard against us in Istanbul. Plenty of pixels were spent, nonetheless, to capturing moments in time. What I couldn't capture though were the sounds, of the endless rows of people humming about, or the smells- spices in the spice bazaar, the misty water on the Bosporus, or the sweet taste of locum. I can't wait for the addition of a 'smeller' or a 'taster' to cameras. (Who knows? maybe someday?) Until then, I suppose I need to practice bringing those other sensations to life in camera.
It’s impossible to travel and not consider food part of the experience. You just can’t separate the two. We enjoyed local favorites, like kofte with rice, kebabs and bread, a variety of tea, and yummy baklava. Not to forget the indispensable flavor of simmet and cheese, Turkish pizza, salads, lamb, and olives. The favorite though, was Turkish delight. Primarily made of starch and sugar with a variety of nuts, cream, rose, or fruits, Turkish delight, or 'locum', is a special treat. The toughest part about the food experience? Picking something from the menu!
So, under the advice and encouragement of others, I'm adding a copyright statement to the family blog. Ridiculous really. I don't really mind if someone wants to use a photo. Actually it's always a bit flattering when someone asks. I don't mind at all, but just ask! Simple manners. This all came about because I stumbled upon my photos, which had been posted on the blog, being used here in Europe by someone making travel ads. He did site the blog; fair enough. But I realized that our kids could show up on a billboard in the Philippines with some strange photo shopped monster streaming from their noses, if I didn't at least try to persuade borrowers to at least ask first. I'm going to say yes, of course. I'm going to let you use the photo. I'll probably even offer to mail you a copy on disc. So just ask. It's a bit like RSVP- just do it. RSVP to that party. It's not hard, and it's the right thing to do- to let the hostess know you're not going to attend, or better yet, that you will show up. Please. I'm a nice person. I don't bite. Just ask.
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