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This is James

This is James

Hi, I’m James.
I like to describe myself as “just a dumb kid from Dundee, Oregon”. Why, you ask?
Originally from Oregon, I’ve lived abroad since 2008 and relish the personal experiences that I have gained. I never imagined that one day I would walk on the Great Wall, or be crushed in the crowds that are Times Square on New Year’s Eve, or to play the Old Course. I feel fortunate to have been where I’ve been, to see what I’ve seen, and to have done what I’ve done.
I grew up tagging along with my parents as they played golf. I must admit that I was more interested in hitting daisies then golf balls and was much more proficient at it. But golf has pretty much been in my life for as long as I can remember.
While I am still probably better at hitting daises than golf balls, I enjoy golf. I enjoy the challenge of the game, the beauty of the courses, and the camaraderie the game fosters.
I don’t have a static bucket list of courses to play, mostly because it changes every day. I’m also not really interested in playing the world’s top 100, although I won’t say no.
I’m just a guy who wants to play the most interesting golf courses the world has to offer. Interesting, as defined by, well, us.
I’m really looking forward to teeing up the next chapter of my life- even though it’s not all quite known.
But, is it ever?

This is Menekse

This is Menekse

Hi, I'm Menekse.
Born on the 1st of January, I possess some of the typical characteristics of a Capricorn. Impatience, stubbornness, an inclination to know-it-all, love to follow rules. But I am also reliable, loyal, responsible - and very very persistent and strong-willed. That's pretty much my nature.
I have a lot of patience when something is important to me and when I want to achieve something specific. Even if it takes forever. The only thing which is probably untypical for a Capricorn is that I prefer the sea over the mountains. I am not crazy about mountains like they say in Astrology about Capricorns. I love the ocean. The smell of the ocean. The sound of the waves. And I love the moon and stars.
In the past, my parents and I used to spend our summer holidays in Turkey, our home country. At that time, I thought there is no other place in the world with such beautiful stars. Or so many of them!
But I am a curious person and love to travel! And I wanted to see more of the world then just Nürnberg (my birthplace) and Turkey to find out if there are other places in the world with such starry skies.
So, I became a travel agent ... in the hopes of being able to travel more and explore new places. But believe it or not, working in a travel agency is an office job, which putt (hehe) me behind a desk rather than in an airplane. Nevertheless, over the years I have put together a beautiful collection of starry skies.
But my thirst to see more, to experience more and to travel more is not satisfied.
I love life. And the world. And the older I get, the more I want to break out of my own characteristics. To explore the world and to just roll with it. I want life to teach me. To show me places. And to tell me stories.
But how? And, can I do it? Why don’t you tell me?
Follow me on my journey called life.
Follow me as I go “Puttering around the World“…

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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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  • "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone
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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