Friday, April 29, 2011

the time has come!

The title of this post always makes me think of Alice in Wonderland ('the time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of other things...'), but the time has indeed come. Tonight we fly away to Turkey, and today is our 5th wedding anniversary. We're excited and happy to go, and we have a few niggling worries (which I hope are quickly forgotten!):
  • We've had consistent problems with Turkish Airlines, and we have no confidence that we have reserved seats, despite reserving them (and being told they were reserved) a number of times. AND the Turkish Airlines website is really bad. AND Turkish Airlines has a 1/2-star rating out of 5 for on-time landing. I'll be glad when the plane takes off and we have our seats. I just don't know when that'll be, or where they'll be. We'll see.
  • We arrive in Istanbul Saturday late afternoon. Sunday is May Day, a national holiday that has been semi-violent in recent years. That's not so troubling in itself; apparently the semi-violence is restricted to one part of town, so we just won't go there. Anyway, the things I want to see are in the part of the city we're staying, so it's no loss. However. Many places are closed for May Day, and the Hagia Sophia -- which I've longed to see since 1994 -- is closed on Monday. We leave early Tuesday morning. If I don't get to see inside the Hagia Sophia, it'll be mini-tragic for me. So fingers crossed that it's open on May Day.
  • The weather is dicey. The forecast has been cool and rainy. However, (a) we have had amazingly good weather luck on all our other trips, and (b) now it's showing better weather. However, who knows what the weather will actually be.
So those are our niggling worries, which will resolve themselves one way or another. And as long as we get there, we'll be on another wonderful trip together, which always makes me so happy.

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