06.03.2013 - 06.03.2013 15 °C
We are getting used to the reality that we will be back on the road in a few days. This is an exciting prospect but we do need to adjust to the return of structure to our lives and certain time constraints. It is much harder for the kids to study when we are on the move and certain tasks become more difficult when your environs are constantly changing. As a result, we have been working to make life on the road easier.
The kids have done a great deal of school work and taken some key exams while we have been in Kas, which will buy them both a lot of breathing room and peace-of-mind. Abby is just waiting to take one more module test after which she will be finished grade nine. We have been very impressed by Abby’s discipline, energy and independence in getting her studies done. Hannah has completed half an English course in three weeks time and is producing amazing writing. She is less than half a course away from completing the eleventh grade, quite an accomplishment when you do it all by distance education.
Muriel and I have been making it pretty much our full time job this week to get as much planning, transportation logisitics and accommodation booking done as we can. We have just wrapped up all the work for our seven weeks in the UK and Ireland. This will be a great relief to us when we are on the road. It is great just to be able to put your feet up after a day of sight-seeing and relax knowing all the picky logistics for your next location are already taken care of.
Some shopping and business tasks are more difficult to accomplish when you are travelling every 2 to 4 days so we are doing our errands this week. Until now we have been able to get any printing or scanning done for free. In Kas we finally have had to pay the piper. With all our plane tickets, car rentals and the kid’s school work it adds up. I went to an internet cafe to get 50 pages of documents printed and will have to go again soon. It doesn’t seem like people use laser printers here so 50 pages on an inkjet starts to add up in cost. It also takes some sleuthing to find a place as Internet cafes are becoming a thing of the past. The first place I went they wanted to charge over 60 cents a page. It seems that we have not yet entered the realm of paperless travel as car rental companies and some airlines and hotels still want a paper copy indicating your on-line purchase. Even the school wants the kids to do their tests on paper and have me scan the complete test (I just take pictures) send it via email and mail the original copy for auditing purposes. They really want to make sure that it is the kids completing the tests.
A nice perk of running errands is that we can go out for a relatively inexpensive Turkish lunch. We tried a new restaurant which serves gozleme. Gözleme is a savoury (sometimes sweet) hand-rolled pastry. The name derives from the Turkish word göz meaning eye. Fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a convex shaped griddle called a saj. We had spinach and cheese and spinach and potato. They were quite nice and it was great watching them being made from where we sat (click on link to see the video). We couldn't resist ordering an additional nutella gozleme to share for dessert.