Mer-hah-bah (that’s hello in Turkish!) I’m leaving in 10 days now LA-Istanbul-Jerusalem-Rome-LA. I’m getting reeally excited.
No more work to do really except continue to study up on the sites and the languages. I can say hello; please; thank you; excuse me; great!; here please (pointing); I am from America; delicious!; how much?; goodbye (there are two expressions, one for the person leaving and one for the person staying) – in Turkish. Just two more languages to go, or three if I decided to add Arabic.
I’ve got reservations now for the first few days in each city so upon arrival I know where I’m going (I like that), and then I’ve got some go-with-the-flow time too. It’s not such high season that I risk too much in terms of finding accommodation. It’s just that for places both highly regarded and cheap, and to get a private room, you do need to plan ahead.