Sasha in Oludeniz – Turkey

Hi Guys, Is it raining or getting cold yet if so im sorry cos the heat is unbearably hot. Were in Ölüdeniz in Turkey were there are paragliding, scuba diving boat trips and sunny beach oppotunities. been with the Murrays,Walters,Shipmans and the Jones, Were having a ball but we have not been paragliding or scuba diving cos it is so expensive its so lame but we need the money for other things. The paragliding is 70 pounds and so is the scuba diving so there was no way we could do it….Never mind. This morning we saw a school of dolphins really close to the shore it was so cool.On to Istanbul in 2 days an then on to Cairo, Egypt for a month its gunna be so cool. Buying soveniers and getting ready to send them home for Christmas. Mum and Dad met the guy who took Dad paragliding 5 years ago, whilst we stayed at Grandma and Grandads house we met him in his bar….Hes a funny character.:) Hope your all well missing everyone, loads and loads of love to my family from...

You thought buying a house in the UK was stressful

It’s 5.32am… I am sitting in the living area and have decided to write what it going through my head. We arrived in Turkey last night around 6.00pm and drove until it got dark. We are parked up in a truckers stop in the middle of nowhere. It’s a clear night out there and there is an alien about 5 meters away (I think in meters now… I’m turning European!) or at least that is what I thought until me and Sasha investigated it last night to find a pile of rubble with a car battery and too glowing lights on the top of it. We all have a bit of a feeling of achievement. We arrived in Romania on around the 20th of Sept and by the 12th we had sussed out the best location, found the best piece of land, found the best lawyer in town and have gone through the whole process of buying a small estate up in the mountains whilst living in the central park. Romania is the best country we have been to in terms of the people, scenery and OK its dirt-cheap which all helps. The kids have been great and have realised that they have to go through some boring bits to get their own forest. I won’t bore you with the whole process but withdrawing 40,000 euros in cash and having to then drive across town to the local Norty office where we signed a load of papers with about 10 people in the room all waiting for their cash was an experience. The real estate company were… how should...

1 bus, 2 months in, 5 people… what's it like?

We are nearing the end of the first stage of our travels. Once we have completed the legals and bought the land in Brasov, we will move on down to southern turkey as quickly as we can to join up with a few families from St Albans that will be there for Oct half term. Its getting very cold at night here and we don’t have any coats! As I have a bit of time due to not moving around every day, I thought I’d try and put down what it’s been like instead of focusing on where we have actually been and what we have been up to. It’s a bit long but here goes… Conscience – ‘Duncan, this is your conscience speaking here… So…do you feel you made the right decision?’ Duncan- ‘Yes, definitely… not 99% sure but 100%. From the minute we left… to now, what we are doing feels right and in a weird way more normal than living in St Albans. We now do what ever we want to. Excuse the pun but whatever road or track we have wanted to go down over the last two months we have. The only thing that we have been limited by is the size of the truck and our feeling of ‘we shouldn’t really do this, we’ve got the kids with us’. Some people move to the country and hate it, some move there and can’t understand why they stayed in town all those years. For me and Penny we have talked about doing this since literally the day we met each other and have always...

Upate from Sasha in Egypt

Hi guys in Egypt were it is stinking hot, the water is dirty, the streets are dirty and the people hassle you until you buy something in there shop. Egypt is so cool the pyramids, tombs and the camels. The Pyramids Kate and her little sister Sophie rode on a camel to the pyramids while everyone else rode on a horse. It was so cool. The heat was unbearable the sun was on our backs the whole time there was no shade. We all pretended to be Lawrence of Arabia or Indiana Jones as for the mums they pretended to be Lara Croft. we traveled through and reached the pyramids we were hassled by about twenty people trying to sell us hats, postcards, scarabs, statues, drinks and many other tourist stuff. We headed to the Sphinx were there was even more hassle and preparations for the light and sound show later on that night. We back in the evening t watch and listen the Light and Sound Show. It was wicked we all got a mega big ice cream and the best seats. Coooooool!!!!!!!!!! Valley of the Kings Today we went to the Valley of the Kings it was so cool. We were not allowed to take pictures. That was a bit of a bummer because the tombs had hieroglyphs that were really good I was really surprised they were that well preserved after 4000 years. WE looked in three tombs I cant remember the names but here are some descriptions : Mummy 1: Ramesses VI Mummy 2: Paralyzed Pharaoh from Childhood. Mummy 3: Seti 2nds Wife We didn’t...

Turkey and Cario

I’m sitting in the bar of the Windsor Hotel, down town Cairo. Did you see the Michael Payline ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ when he goes to Cairo… that’s the place. It used to be the British Officers club and I think the seat upholstery I’m sitting on… is original. Every one has gone off to see the ‘Sound and Light Show’ at the pyramids. When I cam here over ten years ago I saw about six versions of the ‘Sound and Light Show’ mostly the German and French versions but I got the idea. I was shooting stock photography at the time on a large format camera and it was… a total hassle. So when every one said, ‘yeah the sound and light show’ my subconscious said… ‘ f*&%$ that’. You have some classical violin orientated music playing mixed in with a bit of ‘aaahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhaallllaaaaaaahhhhhhaaaalllllaaa’ coming in from out side. It’s Ramadan and the streets are full of people eating now that the sun has gone down. I bet the view I have here of the bar and outside has not change for 60 odd years. We went to the Pyramids today, as I have been here 3 times before and everyone else except Penny hasn’t . I have become ‘the guide’. Its fine when there is one or two of you, but when there is 11 of you and 7 of them are kids you do feel slightly under ‘I better get this right or I’m gonna have loads of kids whaling and stressed parents going ‘OH BILL!’. On using my local knowledge and how disappointed...