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Istanbul....no bull!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Well I spent most of yesterday planning September.....then spent today relaxing and reading.

September is looking to be pretty busy....from the looks of it, after Labor Day, I'll only be home on the weekends till the end of the month. I've got 2 separate week long conferences to go to with my boss, then my nephew is getting married....overseas! He's my sister's oldest kid and lives in Istanbul, Turkey.




SWMBO and I talked....she's going to one of the conferences with me. Between all day meetings and nightly social functions, these usually keep her busy day and night. She's not up for back to back trips so she opted out of the Istanbul trip. But she also says I'd be a deadman if I don't go to my my nephews' wedding (my mom and sister have already started dropping guilt-bombs). So I spent most of yesterday looking at and booking flights & hotel. Luckily I have enough miles to pay for both.

And where does my mind go? "Damn, another whole month on the road, just when you were really getting back up to speed on the ST....got to find a hotel with a good gym!" So I found a Marriott Renaissance with what looks like a pretty decent compliment of cardio and weights.


To celebrate, last night I took #2 son to see the Dark Knight movie (not too bad....a little long at 2h 45m, but a very interesting take on Catwoman). Then today I spent the whole day reading. On last week's trip to Vegas, I decided to try the first book in George Martin's Game of Thrones series....I pretty much got hooked, so today I devoured almost the rest of it, but I may have to wait till next weekend to finish it.....and then there are at least 3 more books in the series....plenty of reading for a month on the road!

The more I read, the more familiar the story line seemed, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Then in a blinding glimpse of the obvious it hit me....this is the War of the Roses! It's one of my favorite periods of English history, not to mention one of my favorite characters, Richard III.

www.richardiiiyorkshire.
com/



So for a few weeks I'll have to put all my other reading aside, which will include a few tomes of low carb books I've culled off of Amazon....research will have to give way to practice!

More to follow.....have a great night Spark friends!
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  • MPLANE37
    Istanbul is a beautiful city. Enjoy yourself.
    1501 days ago
  • BOB240
    my dad went to school withe the guy in the last photo!

    NOT Richard III !
    1501 days ago
  • SALONKITTY
    Istanbul! How fantastic! I have a friend living there, and he absolutely loves it. He does a ton of walking all over the place every day, as well. It certainly tops my list of places I've got to visit sometime soon. Very beautiful and interesting.


    1502 days ago
  • REBECCATKD
    I never put that connection with the War of the Roses together with Game of Thrones. Hmm.... I need to brush up on my history!
    1504 days ago
  • TROLLOPIAN
    What a wonderful trip you have coming up!

    Have you read _The Daughter of Time_ by Josephine Tey? It's about dear Richard. I love the Ian McKellan WWII "Richard III" too.
    1504 days ago
  • YOUNGNSMYLIE
    What a great trip and congrats to your nephew! It's one of my lifelong dreams to take a trip to Istanbul, so I'm looking forward to seeing pictures from your journey! It's also great that you found a hotel that will keep you on target with your fitness goals. Excellent work!
    1506 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vank
    aSlfSr0

    The city has SO many wonders..I would not miss Hagia Sophia (1:01 on video).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/
    wiki/Hagia_Sophia

    Qualif
    ying for free fare AND accommodations really drives home how much you ARE in the air!!!

    1507 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/13/2012 8:58:22 PM
  • EYES_ON_THEPRAZ
    Well Istanbul looks awesome! BUT i can't believe guilt bombs are being dropped with a destination wedding like that... especially considering how much you already travel! wow! Busy month for you!
    1507 days ago
  • LISAINMS
    Ohhh Turkey... what a great trip!
    1507 days ago
  • BERGBA7
    Oh... Istanbul... you will enjoy it, I am sure. Go and see the city - this will count as a cardio session ;-)
    Have a good week
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    1508 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Sounds like interesting times ahead for your frought with challenges a plenty. Hope Istanbul proves delightful and the family 'guilt trips' resolved to everyone's satisfaction. emoticon
    1508 days ago
  • SHERYL_B
    How could not even think about not going to a wedding in Istanbul ! What an awesome opportunity. And not a work trip! Take advantage and enjoy.

    I agree with woubbie, if I were your wife I'd skip the work trip and hit Istanbul!
    1508 days ago
  • SAFARIBABE
    I agree with the others. SWMBO shou;d ditch the conference for Istanbul...the city that sits both in Europe and Asia....who could pass that up?? I'll go with you!! LOL As for working out with all the travel coming up...you ARE the Road Warrior!! You WILL get it all sorted, even if it means doing hurdles over small children at the airport! emoticon
    1508 days ago
  • FANGFACEKITTY
    You are the ultimate Road Warrior! Although if I were SWMBO I'd have chosen the Istanbul trip over a conference...unless there is something super special about this conference you're not sharing with us lol.

    I haven't started Game of Thrones, although it is on my list. I still have about a dozen books in the TBR pile I need to (try to) get through before the move so I don't have to take them with me. Plus I'm something like 47th in the Hold queu at the library for Book 1 and suspect I'll have to give up my place.
    1508 days ago
  • TRIANGLE-WOMAN
    Looking for new books for my trip. Will download the first one and give it a go. I know my DH is hooked on the TV show, but my sister complains that show does not follow the book.

    Some recent reads I can recommend:

    Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    The Women of the Cousins' War by Philipa Gregory

    Safe travels....
    1508 days ago
  • PIGLETSMALL
    How exciting to visit Istanbul! You are going to have an amazing time.

    As for the Games of Thornes series, I have never heard of them. What are they about?

    WOW! Congratulations on your weight loss. That is amazing.

    I've lost count of the times I lost the same 10 lbs. But something about this time is different. It doesn't feel so hard and it feels like the right time. I can't wait to see the inches drop and scales go lower. It's suddenly exciting and not a chore.

    Thank you for posting on my blog. It's lovely to meet you x

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    1508 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Wow. If I were SWMBO I'd ditch your conference in a second and fly to Istanbul!

    I've been resisting reading Game of Thrones. I actually bought the audio book and listened to the first few chapters, but decided it was too grim for my current state of mind. :) Every so often I toy with the idea of picking it up again, and then turn back to some lighter fare.

    Maybe someday....
    1508 days ago
  • PROT358
    You're going to Istanbul?! That's seriously the number one foreign place I want to visit. If you have the time to post them, I'd love to see pictures! The Game of Thrones series is on my must-read list too. I haven't started reading them yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll devour them the same way I love the show. Enjoy the books and your time abroad!
    1508 days ago
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