2013 was another beast of a year. Sometimes, it is all too easy to get lost in the negative and gloss over the glorious highlights. This place we’ve been living hasn’t been an easy one. Every time we think we’ve got a leg up, something happens to knock us back. Still, we’ve been blessed with many opportunities while being here and I would be remiss not to remember that.
We started the year with some hiking trips around Turkey. The first took us out to Kapikaya Canyon and then over to the infamous James Bond bridge. Supposedly, this is the bridge used in Skyfall; however, it’s nowhere near Istanbul, is not over a rushing river, and has no tunnel near it, not to mention that it isn’t remotely long enough for the movie scene. Ah Hollywood magic.
We also hit up nearby Anavarza castle, for more hiking. As you can see by B’s gloves, the boys delighted in the lack of guidance over what you should or shouldn’t climb on. That is actually something we will miss about Turkey. Very few things are off limits and you are left to your own discretion over what is safe or not.
In February/March we added Sam, the German Shepherd to our family. She came to us via a broken home and has been a delightfully neurotic addition to our family. Loki remains crazy jealous of her and they both know that the best way to get the other away from us is to go after a favorite toy. Sam prefers the Kong chew toys and has destroyed two of them in her ten months with us. Loki’s favorite toy is a tug of war rope, which he also routinely destroys.
With the warmer weather, we started taking the dogs out with us to the canyon and beaches for hiking and swimming. Sam started off terrified of moving water, but slowly warmed up to it. She still prefers for you to hold her to swimming, which is pretty endearing.
In 2012, our favorite beach was at Yumurtalik. Unfortunately, they developed the beach majorly during the off season, adding in restrooms, shower heads, and changing booths. The result was a 1000% increase in people on the beach. That was beyond too crowded for us, so much of the summer was spent in search of the perfect beach.
Lest you think we spent all our time in Turkey, we managed to escape the country a few times. April took us to Cyprus for a long weekend, May found me back in the US for three weeks, and September took us on an extraordinary Greek Islands cruise.
2013 saw B pin on Captain on a hot May day, here in Turkey. It saw him finish his second year of his MBA. 2013 will always be the year where I decided I wanted to change careers and took the steps to start that process.
2013 has passed on in to 2014 and I cannot wait for what dreams may come. 2014 is going to be an awesome year and I’m excited to face each and every day of it!