Sarah’s Turkish Travels
Over the course of my archaeological career so far, I have had an opportunity to visit and study many sites pertaining to Biblical history and tradition in Italy—in the country where I spent six years teaching, lecturing and conducting research. However, as with many things in life, the more I learned, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. Likewise, the more I experienced and saw, the more I realized just how much remained to be seen.
Through my work, first in Italy and then as BAS’s managing web editor and travel study director, I have had many opportunities to read about the places and archaeological sites in the Near East and Mediterranean that have shaped our field. However, the actual places themselves remained elusive, never-visited names on a long mental list of destinations I intended to experience “one day.” Sites and cities in Turkey, that crucial crossroads between east and west that has attracted visitors for millennia, have comprised a significant portion of that list. Recently, thanks to BAS and Tutku Tours, I had the opportunity to see for myself that mythical land that has been the cornerstone of three distinct civilizations, and that has influenced so many others.
I would like to invite you to join me on my adventure as I finally come “face to face” with the places and history that I have been mentally connected to for so long. Come with me as I navigate the ancient bazaars, walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans, grapple with a totally unfamiliar language, roam archaeological sites that are the progenitors of myths and legends known the world over, and experience for myself the graciousness and hospitality of the Turkish people. Sit with me in the cafes and restaurants as I try the various flavorful local dishes and learn about the culture and traditions of an ancient people. Look over my shoulder as I haggle with shopkeepers and become enchanted by some of the most beautiful art in the world. Get lost with me in the ancient, labyrinthine streets of Istanbul and roam with me through the windswept ruins of legendary cities.
So pack your bags and let’s begin our Turkish adventure!
Sarah K. Yeomans
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