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From Russia to Turkey with Love…

How easy it was to come to Turkey. Crossing the Russian Border leaving was fast and virtually as simple as waving goodby, see you later. Even easier was crossing the Turkish border. They greeted with open arms and they could not have been easier to work with…

So the flight and border crossing was perfect. Not one time did someone want to grab our crotches and feel all over us as you must go through in America. That is really sad and America should be embarrassed to put everyone through that crap…

In Turkey us Americans need to get a visa and that was obtained on the border for 20 US dollars. Russians no longer need to get a visa and they literally dance across the border just like they live there. I thought of how it use to be crossing the Canadian border in America. It was simple and easy…

Once in Turkey, USA dollars rule. Everything is in dollars, then lira, then Euros. All the vendors have lots of dollars to make change with and the art of haggling for a price is alive and well in Turkey. If you buy something, cut the price in half and go from there. When you are done everyone is happy and you get a great deal on things…

The picture above is my view as I type this article. I am sitting on our balcony of the hotel room and we have WiFi right in the room. We are getting ready to go swimming in a little while. The water is warm and beautiful. October is the end of the swimming season here in Turkey and so in effect there is less tourists than in Summer. Right now the hotel is about 75% Russians and it is full. The food is fantastic as is the service personnel. I am very impressed by it all. Since my civilian occupation in the past was the service industry and I always study what happens in that area with a business…

I caught Sveta on the camera as she got ready to leave for breakfast. Isn’t she a sweety?

Sveta and I took a walk last night and we would say that German is the second language and Russian a close second. Forget English as a language to communicate with. We found a whole bunch of shops to buy close, leather goods and other items. Everyone we meet while walking is so nice and feeling safe is the norm around this area…

Turkey reminds us of our trips to Israel and after our first impressions, Turkey is actually better than Israel as far as a vacation place. I would have to warn Americans on visiting Turkey. It is not American orientated. It would hardly be considered British orientated. The food and service is not what us Americans have been brainwashed to accept as normal. But after 5 years in Russia the service here in Turkey is magnificent… 🙂

We also just heard from Sveta’s son (Misha) He said Boza is doing great. Last night we Skyped with Misha and I called my son (Lyle) in America. It is a fantastic thing that Skype…

I am going to get off this computer and go swimming. I will be posting more as I get some pictures of the beach and surroundings. So have a nice day and you will see us sooner or later…

Kyle and Sveta
Windows to Russia!

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