While in Istanbul, we ran into three other school families, as well as a staff couple, all using the little holiday to see the great city that spans Asia and Europe. One thing which was high on our list of to-do's was to let the kids take a boat tour of the Bosphorus. On this little two hour tour, one can see so many of the highlights of the city. In addition to that, even our three-year-old son would appreciate a boat ride! We boarded the boat and discovered two Korean families from our school on our same boat. We warmly greeted each other, then found some seats. But soon, they came and asked us to take photos with them. After we waited 45 minutes to start our tour, the boat cranked up, then made an awful sound and died. The captain herded us to his buddy's boat. We sat down and saved our Korean friends some seats with us. Then, they insisted we have Turkish tea together. I appreciate our Korean families so much. Their high degree of respect for teachers and administrators and warmth toward us is very touching. And besides all that, the Korean teens pulled out their I-touch's and taught Big Ben and Sweet Cheeks how to play all the games on them.
I did manage to pull them away from the I-touch as we sailed past a castle built before Christopher Columbus sailed to the new land.