Nov 07, 2009 10:08am ( Istanbul )

After eight days and more than 10,000 miles, my adventure to Turkey has come to an end. It was an exciting trip to an exotic city showing me things I never would have experienced in the US. From the people and customs to the food and religion, I now have a better understanding of another part of the world that we only learn about in books and on television - and not always accurately.

Having said that, I will now admit that I am happy to be home. There is a certain comfort and enjoyment that can only be found sitting on my sofa, in my house, with my wife. And what a great wife I have. I had driven myself to the airport when I left, but when I got off the plane, she was there waiting for me with open arms. It made for a much better homecoming than the one I expected.

Making my trip even better were the many replies everyone left on my blog postings. I am grateful to everyone that took the time to leave a comment and I'm happy that so many of you found it interesting enough to follow my adventure. I only wish the weather would have been more cooperative and that I would have been able to explore more of the country and all of the history and archeology that it has to offer.

Today, I will upload some final photos and videos, and then say, "goodbye, until the next great adventure."

[Photo: a stray dog that kept me company my last morning in Istanbul as I waited for the tram to the airport.]