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Listening to Paul’s Teachings

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by thelinkschool

Today we drove from Ephesus for about and hour down the coast to an ancient neighboring town named Melitus. We were going to go visit the theater in Melitus that could hold up to 15,000 people. We entered the theater through the back stage of the theater onto the gladiator pit, and made our way to […]




Unforgettable Memories

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 by thelinkschool

What a fantastic trip it has been. I know it’s not over yet, but the length of time that we have already been here has just been amazing. The sweet tastes of the different food, candy and drinks leave a memorable taste on my tongue.  For example, my favorite candy so far has been chewy […]




Not a stream anymore

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by natalie

On the 19th of March, Elliot, Ryan, Daniel, Bobby and I took a bus to a climbing site just outside of Istanbul.  It had been raining most of the night, but luckily it stopped as we got out of the bus. We were headed to a good-looking crag on the other side of a stream.  The group […]




My First Ancient City

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by natalie

Have you ever walked a street that people have walked for thousands of years?   For the first time in my life, I got to do that today in Ephesus, Turkey.   I walked down polished marble where a couple of thousand years ago John the beloved disciple and Paul both walked and taught, and where common […]




Lessons learned from a new city

Posted on March 20th, 2011 by natalie

The first thing I noticed in Istanbul was all the differences.  There was not one uniform thing.  There were high rises on top of old buildings on top of who knows what.  So many differences are not a bad thing, they are an amazing thing.  All the different cultures leave their marks on one city.  This makes the city an […]




Türkiye’yi seviyorum!

Posted on March 19th, 2011 by natalie

Yesterday, we sat on a boat touring the Bosphorus together. The moment we passed a big seaside mosque, the third prayer of the day (there are five: one at sunrise, one at noon, one in the afternoon, one at sunset, and one at night) came bellowing out of its minarets and dancing across the water. […]




In search of halat (rope)

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by natalie

Getting to rock climb in another country is an experience, one not to miss out on. So we are very excited to get to take a group out to a local spot outside Istanbul. We first thought we could borrow some gear from a friend of Bryan’s because we only brought one rope, but the […]




Where East meets West

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by natalie

As dawn broke over the city this morning, we were welcomed by the call to prayer.  The sweet song drifted over the city and lingered like the fog over the Bosphorus.  If we took the short climb up the hill in the morning we would be able to see out over parts of the city […]




City Hopping

Posted on March 16th, 2011 by natalie

3:36 am. I lie there awake, listening to the still busy streets three stories below – the sounds of women talking loudly, men laughing raucously, and some sort of really annoying bird whistling – floating up to the window and into our room. A minute later, a knock on the door breaks the stupor and […]




A tourist no longer

Posted on March 15th, 2011 by natalie

This morning I took the elevator down from the fourth floor of my homestay for the last time. No more would I be called by my new name, Jovencita, given to me by my homestay mom, Yoya.  I’d said goodbye to Yoya the night before, anticipating that she wouldn’t be awake by the time I left, […]