On April 20th I'm going to be 27 years of age. A few short days after that, I'm hopping on a plane and traveling to eastern Europe for an experience, and most likely- an adventure in solitude.
Last November I set out to Turkey on what was to be the first of my international travels as an adult. I went to Israel when I was 12, but it wasn't much of a trip. I got food poisoning at a Chinese restaurant and spent the rest of the time in Hadassah Hospital where strangely, I met Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Some people don't believe me about that last part, but I swear it's true.
Turkey was amazing. I spent about half the time in Istanbul and the rest of it in Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and weird buses. My absolute favorite thing to do in Istanbul was take the tram line to all of the furthest stops in order to get off and walk all the way back to my hotel. Forget about the tourist trip. I want to check out the neighborhoods.
I would recommend Turkey to most anyone who's looking for a magical adventure in a foreign land. I'm the asshole who refuses to take any pictures "I want to experience it with my eyes- not through a lens" so I don't have any pictures to share. But if you ask me nicely, I might get you a souvenir when I go to Bucharest, Transylvania, and Budapest. But you can't come with me. And you probably wouldn't want to.
P.S.- the trip was financed by selling my small collection of killer vinyl records. Farewell to all of the following:
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Siamese Dream, and Gish
Tool: Opiate, Undertow, and a limited pressing of Lateralus
Air: Talkie Walkie
Type O Negative: Dead again Limited box set
Stone Temple Pilots: Core (Korean pressing), Purple, Vaseline, and Sex Type Thing
Jane's Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual and Nothing's Shocking
Porno For Pyros: Self Titled
To many Birthday Party 45's and 12"'s to count.
I don't care though. I'd trade half my CD collection for a magical journey.