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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??!!

Sharing our story of Slow Travel, while hopefully making a few Quick Pars along the way. 

That’s Puttering around the World.

Istanbul Golf Club

Istanbul Golf Club

When thinking of the oldest golf clubs in continental Europe, Turkey doesn’t immediately spring to mind.  But, did you know that one of the 10 oldest Clubs in Europe is in Istanbul?  Istanbul Golf Club opened as Constantinople Golf Club back in 1895. 

While in Istanbul, Menekse and I had the sincere pleasure of visiting the historic Istanbul Golf Club (IGK).  But getting to IGK is no small feat. 

Istanbul by night

First Stop: Istanbul

We have been to Istanbul a few years ago, but, for us, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is always worth a trip. Istanbul, the livly.  Istanbul, where tradition meets modernity.  A city full of energy and with so much history to offer.

And this is where it starts … our journey.

We spent six days in Istanbul. In the end, that will again not be long enough.

Ataşehir Golf Club

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. 

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  • Stairway to heaven... Windy, the aptly named par 3 fifth hole, is the highest point on Kusadasi International Golf Club in Turkey, and affords some amazing views. .
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  • Some shots just feel better than others, even before the swing.  For Menekse, her most trusted club is her 'bread and butter', which others might call their 6 iron. 
Does anyone else have a name for their favorite club?
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  • The last three weeks we spent in Akbük with my parents. It was so wonderful,
eventhough the weather was cold and rainy, we enjoyed being together and
doing some daytrips to the surrounding areas. We went golfing, visited historic sights and had delicious homemade food.

The Aegean is just so beautiful we would recommend everyone to go and see it. The nature is pure, the people genuine, and there is so much to see.

We went to Milas, Milet, Didim, Söke, Karina, Doganbey, Ephesus and Bafa
Lake. Plan plenty of time if you visit those areas, just to have time to
chat with the locals, to enjoy a turkish coffee and to experience a slower
way of life.

Do you try to get in contact with the local people when you travel?
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deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu . .

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  • If you visit Ephesus in Turkey, you probably want to see the ancient Library of Celsus. A magnificent Roman building built between 117 and 125.
Have you seen it?
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  • One of our day trips took us to Bafa Lake. It is located in the nature reserve on the Latmos mountains and offers nature par excellence and a huge wildlife.
The lake is 25 km wide and 6 km long and was formerly part of the Aegean Sea.
Nature lovers and hikers will love it here. There is much to see, from quaint villages to ancient rock paintings. No matter where you start, everywhere is something new to discover. We began our tour in Sercin and took a little hike to the "old village". The old village was a little town where cholera broke out about 850 years ago and wiped out all life.  It is approximately 5 km away from where a new village has now formed. Most of the inhabitants here have olive trees.  The olives are harvested in bone-hard work. Depending on the type of olive, either olive oil is extracted from it, or the olives are prepared for eating. Along our hike, we meet some locals who tell us how hard the harvest is, and even though Bafa has the best quality olives, buyers won’t pay much. We start chatting and the people here are so nice and happy to tell us about their lives. Tourism has not stopped here yet, you can tell. 
After we have walked about 2 hours, we stop and have a small picnic. We eat nuts, bananas and delicious tangerines, which are as sweet as honey.
We keep looking for flamingos because we have heard that there are thousands of them here. In the late afternoon we finally spot them. Unfortunately, they are too far away and we can’t see and photograph them properly.
Around the lake there are many nice viewpoints for bird watching or just to sit and enjoy the view.
Towards evening we start walking back to the car, but not without drinking a Turkish mocha in Sercin itself. We talk to Aydin, who works here for the tourism board and learn from him what other great places there are around the lake. We will have to explore them next time.
Incidentally, the town Sercin itself is known for its eel, which you can eat freshly prepared. And if you want to explore the area by bike, you can borrow bikes for free. Don’t miss Bafa Lake! It’s best if you plan a few days to see everything.
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  • "Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We'll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we'll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things." - Victoria Erickson

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  • Getting goofy at the #templeofapollo ........................................................
We had the whole place to ourselves which gave us plenty time to take pictures, read all about the temple and enjoy ourselves.
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  • Time goes by so too fast, especially when you enjoy what you do and where you are. Akbük is a little town which was our get-away a few years ago.  We came back again to spend some time with my parents at their place. Even if the weather hasn't always been like we hoped, we're so happy that we came back. Just being together, visiting, going for walks and relaxing is exactly what we wanted and needed as the start of our adventure. Akbük has been our happy place for a few weeks. Where is your happy place?
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  • No matter which country we visit, James and I love to try the local food, and of course, the local coffee.

Here we are in a small typical tea house in Turkey, where traditionally only men used to go. It is still common for men to go and drink tea or drink turkish coffee and also to play Backgammon or "Okay", a turkish board game, while the women of small villages gather together at home to talk of the days events. 
Who else loves trying local coffees? . . .

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