December 24, 2004: Headlines: COS - Turkey: Writing - Turkey: Travel: Travel Intelligence: Travel Writings by Turkey RPCV Tom Brosnahan

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Turkey: Peace Corps Turkey : The Peace Corps in Turkey: December 24, 2004: Headlines: COS - Turkey: Writing - Turkey: Travel: Travel Intelligence: Tom Brosnahan's travels began when he joined the US Peace Corps in 1967. He went to Turkey to teach English and ended up writing his first guidebook, Frommer's 'Turkey on $5 a Day'. : December 24, 2004: Headlines: COS - Turkey: Writing - Turkey: Travel: Travel Intelligence: Travel Writings by Turkey RPCV Tom Brosnahan

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Travel Writings by Turkey RPCV Tom Brosnahan

Travel Writings by Turkey RPCV Tom Brosnahan

Travel Writings by Turkey RPCV Tom Brosnahan

Tom Brosnahan
Mavi Ev (Blue House) Hotel
The family-owned and -operated Mavi Ev (Blue House) Hotel is right across the street from Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. The city’s other premier sights--Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Byzantine Hippodrome--are almost as close, just a few minutes’ stroll...

Sari Konak Oteli
The Sari Konak Oteli ('Yellow Mansion') is a fine, comfortable, moderately-priced small Ottoman-style inn on a relatively quiet street less than five minutes' walk from the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome...

The Bread of Ramazan
No good Muslim in the city let anything pass the lips during daylight hours, not a bracing glass of tea, not a savory kebab, not a dish of tangy eggplant or sheep's-milk cheese. People strolling along Istiklal Caddesi had no pistachios, hazelnuts, or sweet dried fruits to munch, a strange sight on this street of shops selling every variety of delicacy.

Taking Tea in Turkey
When the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1923, the Turks lost Mocha and suddenly coffee was an expensive import. Bereft of the traditional high-octane stimulant, Turks turned to tea...

Hagia Sophia: Wisdom of the Ages
On a hot Istanbul afternoon, Hagia Sophia is an oasis of cool silence broken only by the spiel and patter of the multilingual guides. Their flocks of curious Europeans, Americans, Japanese and Greeks feel what the guides by this time ignore: awe.

The Rebirth of Istanbul
Today Istanbul is still the place where everything and everyone comes together. Walk through the Byzantine Hippodrome, now a grassy park, and the city's past and present surround you in invigorating disarray.

Why Go To Istanbul?
After 16 centuries of urban life, Istanbul is a marvelous mixture of triumphant mosques, artsy cafes, spooky subterranean cisterns, stalwart fortresses, treasure-filled museums and plenty of pastry shops.

The Worst Hotel in the World
As a guidebook reader, you never get to see all the rejects: the restaurants that gave me food poisoning, the tourist ripoff 'attractions,' the terrible hotels.

The Shot Heard Round the World
USA/Concord MA
The Rev. Gary Smith, senior minister at First Parish in Concord, was on the phone, applying for a corporate credit card for church expenses. The card company agent asked the usual questions: name, address, type of business. Then, "How long has this business been in operation?" the agent asked. "Three hundred and sixty-three years," Smith replied. Silence on the line. "I'm gonna have to get my supervisor."

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Changing of the Guard Date: December 15 2004 No: 330 Changing of the Guard
With Lloyd Pierson's departure, Marie Wheat has been named acting Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations responsible for the day-to-day management of the Peace Corps. Although Wheat is not an RPCV and has limited overseas experience, in her two years at the agency she has come to be respected as someone with good political skills who listens and delegates authority and we wish her the best in her new position.

December 18, 2004: This Week's Top Stories Date: December 18 2004 No: 334 December 18, 2004: This Week's Top Stories
RPCV remembers Deborah Gardner's murder in Tonga 17 Dec
Maoist insurgents in Nepal release Swiss aid worker 17 Dec
RPCV Alison Williams exhibits portraits of Malian people 16 Dec
Former Brazil Medical Director convicted of drug charges 16 Dec
RPCV Joseph Opala researched slave trade in RI 15 Dec
Vasquez sees resurgent interest in PC 14 Dec
Senator who wanted duel with RPCV joins Fox 14 Dec
NPCA planning National Day of Action for PC funding 13 Dec
RPCV "Harry" Chandler votes in Electoral College 13 Dec
Critic says Moyers delivered neo-Marxist propaganda 13 Dec
Micronesia RPCV Walter Cavanagh has 1,496 credit cards 13 Dec
PC "Survivor" Julie Berry headed for California 11 Dec
more top stories...

Our debt to Bill Moyers Our debt to Bill Moyers
Former Peace Corps Deputy Director Bill Moyers leaves PBS next week to begin writing his memoir of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Read what Moyers says about journalism under fire, the value of a free press, and the yearning for democracy. "We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country," he warns, "or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia."
RPCV safe after Terrorist Attack RPCV safe after Terrorist Attack
RPCV Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia survived Monday's attack on the consulate without injury. Five consular employees and four others were killed. Abercrombie-Winstanley, the first woman to hold the position, has been an outspoken advocate of rights for Arab women and has met with Saudi reformers despite efforts by Saudi leaders to block the discussions.
Is Gaddi Leaving? Is Gaddi Leaving?
Rumors are swirling that Peace Corps Director Vasquez may be leaving the administration. We think Director Vasquez has been doing a good job and if he decides to stay to the end of the administration, he could possibly have the same sort of impact as a Loret Ruppe Miller. If Vasquez has decided to leave, then Bob Taft, Peter McPherson, Chris Shays, or Jody Olsen would be good candidates to run the agency. Latest: For the record, Peace Corps has no comment on the rumors.
The Birth of the Peace Corps The Birth of the Peace Corps
UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers hosted Scott Stossel, biographer of Sargent Shriver, who spoke on the Birth of the Peace Corps. This is the second annual Peace Corps History series - last year's speaker was Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn.
Vote "Yes" on NPCA's bylaw changes Vote "Yes" on NPCA's bylaw changes
Take our new poll. NPCA members begin voting this week on bylaw changes to streamline NPCA's Board of Directors. NPCA Chair Ken Hill, the President's Forum and other RPCVs endorse the changes. Mail in your ballot or vote online (after Dec 1), then see on how RPCVs are voting.
Charges possible in 1976 PCV slaying Charges possible in 1976 PCV slaying
Congressman Norm Dicks has asked the U.S. attorney in Seattle to consider pursuing charges against Dennis Priven, the man accused of killing Peace Corps Volunteer Deborah Gardner on the South Pacific island of Tonga 28 years ago. Background on this story here and here.
Your vote makes a difference Your vote makes a difference
Make a difference on November 2 - Vote. Then take our RPCV exit poll. See how RPCV's are voting and take a look at the RPCV voter demographic. Finally leave a message on why you voted for John Kerry or for George Bush. Previous poll results here.

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