Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pictures from Egypt and Turkey

Got some pictures in from my trip to Egypt and Turkey. The first half are from Istanbul and the second half is from Cairo, Dahab, and Mt. Sinai.

I may have some more pictures whenever Charles figures out how to use the internet.

Just click on the picture above for the slideshow.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Professional Relaxation on the Red Sea

I am learning many new lessons in relaxation techniques. This is a
picture from the cafe in front of our hostel in Dahab, Egypt on the
Sinai peninsula, we are on the Red Sea and you can see Saudi Arabia
across the water.

My schedule for today involves eating oranges and breakfast/lunch,
walking on the beach and chilling at the cafe.

Something crazy around here is that most of the restaurants don't even
have ceilings. No need because it doesn't rain nor get much colder
than 80 during the day.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cairo HOOO!

This city is ginormous.

I saw the pyramids from the plane and got chills. I have decided they were made by aliens. Just too awesome for human hands to have constructed.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Giants shoot another gift horse in the mouth...

So anyway, the Turkish currency just underwent a massive re-valuation.

Justin Tuck just went down grabbing his knee, not a good sign.

So the currency here is almost in line with the Euro, I am not really
sure how every country near here is undergoing some serious financial
crises while Turkey seems to have a job for everyone and food and beer
costs in line with the US.

G*****n it, the giants apply no pressure on third down and the eagles
complete a 20 yard ad-lib play, didnt they learn something watcjing
thr eagles abuse their preveny at the end of the first half?

I am sure some of that, maybe even a lot of that, has to do with the
weak dollar. It will only get more apparent later this year when all
this monetary policy expansion and "fiscal stimulus" actually makes
it's way through the system, but I digress.

Philly hit a field goal to retake the lead, the giants need to put 7
on the board if they want this game.

So yea, Istanbul is way more expensive than I suspected.

Bullish on Istanbul

The economy here is nothing like I expected, business is booming and
the Turkish Lira is out of control. They underwent a massive effort
to get the economy ready to join the EU next year that I am still
trying to dissect.

Sorry I don't have time for this right now, I found a pub playing the
Giants game and one of the GMen's 300 pound defensive lineman just
intercepted Donovan, will get back to this later.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Orleans to Chicago to London and soon to Istanbul

I think its 2 or 3 or maybe 4 oclock in the afternoon around here, I am in London Heathrow at an internet station fighting my desire to catch up on umpteen hours of sleep. If I sleep then I may never get out of this terminal, I might be destined for a Tom Hanks experience. This place definitely reminds of a uber high-class American mall, the shopping options are excessive and slightly repetitve, the food options are multivarious and largely expensive, and I can't tell if its day or night.

Its funny, that also sounds oddly like a casino, considering you can buy beer here and not at most american malls (except for those huge beers you can get at those hot dog places - remind me to tell you a good story about those one day).

Anyway, I leave for Istanbul in about an hour and a half and I don't really know where I am going to stay yet, so I am going to try to figure that out now.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years from New Orleans!

Ever see 100 Christmas trees burning in the middle of town? Just
another party in New Orleans.