to our golf and travel adventures
Hello and Welcome!
In 2016 we took a nearly 4-month sabbatical that has had a lasting impact. We spent a month in Thailand, then 2 weeks in Cambodia, 2 weeks in Laos, and then another 2 months in Thailand. There was so much we wanted to see, so much we wanted to do, and we were constantly on the go. It wasn’t until over half way through our trip that we finally began to slow down. We stayed in the same places longer. We took longer walks. We took naps. We wasted more time. We enjoyed each other. We became the owners of our own time.
It was somewhere on a deserted beach in Koh Lanta Noi that we began dreaming how great it would be to not have to get on the flight back home. We wanted nothing more than to continue. To see the next new place. To experience the next new experience. And to continue slowly. That is probably where Puttering around the World really started. In our hearts- in our longing to enjoy everything life has to offer.
It wasn’t even 4 months after our return from our sabbatical that we were still looking for that feeling of being the owners of our own time. There was more dreaming and more wishing. Then, about 6 months later we decided to do it again, but for longer and slower, and more permanently, ideally for 2 or 3 years or longer. So, we set a date. We gave ourselves 14 months to prepare. To tell our families. To tell our employers. To sell our stuff. To prepare ourselves. But how do you prepare for something where the unknown is significantly greater than the known?
We are also going to do our travels a little different this time. We are heading out with only hand luggage, and our golf clubs, instead of checked baggage! That might make it a little more challenging, and maybe a little less flexible. But we really want to play golf all over the world, so that is what we are going to do. Can’t you just see us checking into hostels, with our clubs on our backs??!!
That’s Puttering around the World.
Grocery Shopping in the us
When we travel to different countries, we always enjoy going to supermarkets, testing local products and simply roaming through the aisles.
We usually go to Oregon every year for about two weeks to visit family. And each time we realize how expensive food is here.
One day in Milas
While we were in Turkey, we went to the small town of Milas. The drive from Akbük, where we were staying, to Milas takes just over an hour. There are two options: take the highway or take the road over the Mentese Mountains. We chose to drive over the twisting roads of the mountains and were rewarded with fantastic views.
Ataşehir Golf Club
Istanbul. Just the name itself stirs your imagination! As the capital city of 3 former empires, Istanbul has everything. A city of unmatched history, home to 15 million citizens plus, Istanbul is a true melting pot of sights, sounds, tastes, and cultures. But, for everything that it has, what Istanbul doesn’t have is golf.