This is the Sulemaniye Mosque as seen from Istanbul University.
Three years ago my wife and son visited Istanbul, staying with friends we met when we were living in L.A. It was part fun, part work. My wife even set up a blog to document the fun of their trip: Henry in Turkey.
The work part has finally paid off: she has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. She will be teaching at Istanbul University and doing research on sex-trafficking. It’s a phenomenal opportunity for her and for us as a family.
This means we are moving to Istanbul at the end of the summer. We will be there until May or June of 2014. The kids took it well. They felt better once we assured them that: 1) we would be living in an apartment and not a hotel (like in China last summer) and 2) that they would be attending a school with other kids who spoke English.
What am I going to do? Write and blog, of course. There is also the possibility of me working. I’ll be allowed to apply for a work permit.
Before we go, we have to fix a few things in the house in order to rent it out, get our visas, find a school for the kids, find a place to live, buy our plane tickets, pack, etc., etc., etc…thousands of things big and small. Oh, and learn to speak and read Turkish!
But before we get down to business with all of that, my wife and I are indulging ourselves and taking a vacation to Cancun, Mexico. Just us. My in-laws have agreed to watch the kids while we are away. It will be the first vacation we’ve taken without the kids since before the birth of our son.
We’re going to spend several days luxuriating in being languid under the sun, eating good food, seeing Chichen Itza, and snorkeling off La Isla Mujeres. Ahhhh.