Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
Day 15 -
Saturday, 6 May 2000
This day began very early since our flight to Istanbul departed
Tashkent at 3:30 AM. We arrived at Istanbul's fabulous new international
terminal at 6:30. Once through passport control and after picking up our
luggage we took taxis to the Ayasofya Hotel.
We had expected to spend the night here but it was not to be. They
were fully booked. However, after we had eaten breakfast, they arranged for us
to stay at another nearby hotel, at Ayasofya prices. It was a good deal, a more
upscale hotel and very comfortable. We promptly went to sleep and slept most of
the rest of that day and that night. Jim had an intestinal upset; he said he
had been feeling unwell since the farewell dinner.
Sunday, 7 May 2000
Fortunately he was better by the next morning. Sleep helps. We
went back to Ayasofya for breakfast with Meli, and then to the airport.
It was a very long day. From our hotel in Istanbul, through three
flights to Sacramento, it was 24 hours long. Night followed us, moving over the
surface of the earth more swiftly than we did in airplanes. It caught up with
us as we flew from Salt Lake City to Sacramento. It was midnight before we
finally were able to sleep in our bed again.
It took a full week to fully recover. It will take much longer to
assimilate all that we learned and experienced on this trip.
- End of Diary -