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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.

Grocery Shopping

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

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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  • RAINY DAYS…
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…don’t matter as much to us as we always find something fun to do. Today we went to a grocery store and had fun just browsing through the aisles.
While doing that we saw a #winetasting bar and the lady welcomed us so friendly and offered us a beer sample. Well… we couldn’t say no. And we stayed longer then we had planned. .
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Regnerische Tage…
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Machen uns nichts aus, weil wir immer etwas finden, das Spaß macht. Heute sind wir in einen Supermarkt gegangen und hatten irrsinnige Freude daran, nur durch die Reihen zu laufen.
Während wir durchbummelten, sahen wir eine Weinbar und die Dame am Tresen empfang uns mit offenen Armen. Sie bot uns an, einige der Biere zu probieren. Was soll ich sagen… wir haben nicht nein gesagt 😊 Und blieben länger im Supermarkt als beabsichtigt.
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  • THE OLDEST GOLF COURSE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!
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Today we really enjoyed ourselves- we had a fantastic day at @gearhartgolflinks1892 .Located on the #oregoncoast , Gearhart is widely recognized as the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi. This course is true links in style, from fast firm fairways to pot bunkers. Include this #golfcourse on your #bucketlist
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  • WONDER NATURE ❤
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Habe ich schon erwähnt, dass wir #oregon absolut lieben?! Wir LIEBEN Oregon! Diese Vielfältigkeit, die Kreativität der Oregonians, die atemberaubende Natur und die Freundlichkeit der Menschen. Hier findet man einfach alles, für jeden ist etwas dabei.
Die letzten drei Tage haben wir an Oregon’s Küste verbracht. Wir hatten eine kleine Hütte und unternahmen Tagesausflüge zu den nahgelegenen Ortschaften und Stränden. Auch wenn das Wetter nicht ganz mitgespielt hat, wollen wir die Zeit am Meer nicht missen.
Hier ein Bild von #devilspunchbowl , ein Nature State Park, 13 km nördlich von Newport.  Ein Becken, das durch den Einsturz zweier Höhlen entstanden ist. So vermutet man. Wenn die Wellen an die Felswände schlagen kann man die riesigen Gischtfontänen beobachten und fast spüren. Was für ein wunderschönes Naturschauspiel! Das ist nur eines, der tollen Oregon State Parks und Strände, die man entlang der Küste entdecken kann.
Wer von euch war schon mal an Oregon’s Küste und kann die Schönheiten, die sich einem hier bieten bestätigen?
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Did I mention that we absolutely love Oregon?! We LOVE Oregon! The diversity, the creativity of Oregonians, the breathtaking nature and the friendliness of the people. Here you will find that there is something for everyone.
We've spent the last three days on the Oregon coast. We stayed in a great little cabin (thanks Tom!) and made day trips to nearby towns and beaches. Even if the weather didn't quite play along, we don't want to miss the time by the sea.
Here is a picture of Devil’s Punchbowl, an Oregon Nature State Park, 13km north of Newport.  It’s assumed that the basin was created by the collapse of two caves. When the waves hit the rock walls you can see and almost feel the huge spray fountains. What a beautiful natural spectacle! That's just one of the great state parks and beaches you can discover along the coast.
Who among you has ever been to Oregon's coast and can confirm all the beauties that are present here?
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  • WINTER GOLF .
While exploring the Oregon Coast, we played #golf at Agate Beach Golf Course today. The weather can really be iffy there this time of year, but today was perfect, with just enough wind to make the game interesting. 
We love the long shadows that are cast during the middle of the day!
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  • LIFE IS BETTER AT THE BEACH!
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Today we took a short drive of about 1,5 hours from Newberg to the heart of Oregon’s coast… #lincolncity !
The weather wasn’t as good as we had hoped for, and it rained all day (and still is). BUT… we have our golf rain gear with us and the rain didn’t stop us from exploring this town. Our first stop was at @moschowder where we warmed up with a delicious bowl of the world’s best #clamchowder. Yummy!!
Then we walked around town, breathed in some ocean air, watched the seagulls and strolled around at @grannys1520, an antiques store with lots to explore.
We are staying here for the next few days, hoping we can get some #golf in and enjoy more of the beach.
Are you a beach or a city person?
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  • BACK IN BLACK .
If there is a better conditioned course in Portland than @langdonfarmsgolfclub this time of year we wouldn't believe you!
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  • FIRST ROUND OF THE YEAR .
It was pretty cool, but the sunshine sure felt good!  How did your golf season start this year? .
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  • DUCK TIME!
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First we would like to thank you for your feedback on our decision with changing our „picture order“.
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Yesterday we had a big day in #Eugene. We went to a basketball game and it was my (Menekse) first #civilwar. Hope y’all saw our story 😊
We arrived early so James could show me the campus of the UO, where he went to school, and we walked down memory lane.
The game itself was a little boring the first half, but got pretty exciting the second half. We sure had fun, even though we have no voice today because we were yelling and cheering #goducks.
What is your favorite basketball team?
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  • IT'S TIME!
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Time for a change. We've decided to go away from our 5 pictures per city and golf course. Sometimes we just feel like 5 pictures are not enough to show how cool a place is. Or how awesome a particular course is.
What do you think of our decision?
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  • “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
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May 2019 be a wonderful travel & golf year for all travelers and golfers. .
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