Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Break Part 2; The Holiday- Muscat, Oman

 Picture time! My time in Oman has been fantastic!
The weather has been beautiful, 80 (f) and sunny every day, and hardly a cloud to be seen.
Terry, Larry, and Emma were amazing hosts; finding a perfect balance of sightseeing and
relaxing. We stayed busy;
 swimming at a sink hole, hiking, snorkeling and dolphin watching, and beaches.
Time has flown by, Christmas has come and gone, and it's already time to go back to London. I wish I was staying longer!  

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Break Part 1; The Layover- Istanbul, Turkey

 So I clearly still haven't figured out how to format pictures on this silly thing, but aside from that...

I had a 20 hour layover in Istanbul on my way to Muscat. The first half of that was overnight, which was awful as I am not able to sleep upright, surrounded by loud and annoying travelers. The second half of it however, was amazing!

Apparently some cities have free tours when you are stuck there on a long layover! Lucky for me, Istanbul is one of these places. It is a beautiful city, with lots to see and do.

Unfortunately by the end of this adventure I was running on about zero hours of sleep in two days so the details might be a bit blurry... But the food was delicious and the people were friendly.

I plan to go back someday, and for more than just a layover. I'm guessing I will enjoy it even more in a non-comatose state :)
Pictured: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar/ Egyptian Spice Market, city of Istanbul

More pictures soon to come of Muscat! 
 Happy holidays everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2014

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

White sand beaches that is! I really can't complain about the weather here at all, seeing as how its been in the 40's (f) and not a trace of snow in sight! But regardless I'm off to warmer weather for the holidays! On Tuesday I will be off to Muscat, Oman, with a short (20 hour?!) layover in Istanbul, Turkey!

Since my previous post... I spent a lovely Thanksgiving with my adopted Minnesota/British family :) It was so nice to be out of the student halls for a few days; sleep in a real bed, relax in a real house, shower in a real shower. It's the little things. They remembered my favorite American vice (Dr. Pepper of course), and I even learned how to make stained glass!

Classes are chugging along. After the Christmas break I will be looking into a few research opportunities and/or getting serious about finding a job. London can't be all fun and games I suppose.

Anyways I will have a picture filled post coming after Christmas! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Miss you all!