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September 28th, 2009:

Oh Istanbul

It’s a complicated relationship… I love it, and I hate it too. It’s hard to describe…

I had been having a great time here until I had to deal with Turkish customs authorities last week, and I was brought to tears. Why, oh why does life here need to be so complicated? Why do our personal belongings get stuck in customs? And why do we have to hire shady people to take care of our paperwork? Why is every paperwork and every signature we “need” in a different place? Why, why, why?

Finally we gave up our package and left it at customs after spending lots of stressful hours and $$. Lesson learned: “Don’t EVER deal with government people here if you don’t absolutely have to.”