Raderstorf World Wide Adventure

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

On a jet plane by Joellen

It the last wee moments of our WWA with a bursting heart, this trip has truly been the time of my life!!! Six months pasted in a flash and I am now headed home to sleep in my own bed for the first time in six months. I hope when I lay my head down tonight it won’t feel as if I’ve never left. I won’t be stingy hoping to remember all the people met, food tasted, sites, sounds, scenes and the history, oh my the history! Rather, I just hope to keep the dull tickling feeling inside of me, there to remind me that I have changed—a bit wiser and hopefully a bit more humble.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

There is No Place like Home!!!

After 15 hours on planes we are home at last!! There truely is no place like home.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!! We'll be doing some Blog catchup for the last couple weeks after we unpack and do some laundry. Stay tuned!!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Sailing, Seasickness and Buckets of Baklava - By Ben

When we left Istanbul we flew to Dalaman where we rented a twenty meter sailing Gulet. The best part was we didn’t even have to sail it, the crew of four took care of everything. All of the meals were included and were delicious. Our first day out we sailed around islands that looked like they could have been in Colorado (the ocean and jumping dolphins were a little out of place). One had a single permanent resident, Gilligan Bunny. We spent our first night in a beautiful sheltered cove on one of the islands.

The next day was much less enjoyable. For the first time we entered open sea and all were greatly affected by the tossing and rolling of the ocean. Breakfast was lost by all but Dad. The three hours of sailing were very uncomfortable. We finally arrived at our destination, but were soon off by small boat to explore the ruins of Karnos. It was our first roman ruins, so we were amazed, but we had not seen Ephesus or Rome itself. The city had been vastly populated, until malaria came and wiped out everyone. We also went to a mud bath, but I, for my cold’s sake decided to stay dry.

Our last full day, we sailed to the port of Marmaris. Quin had lost major bets the night before to our cook, Cemil, and our captain, Cemal, so he had to buy 4 kilos of baklava. His bank account didn’t like it so much, but the rest of us did, yum, yum, yum!! We spent the night across the harbor in a small cove. I was surprised that baklava didn’t cause us to lose our cookies again, even on the calm waters of the harbor. We left the boat and soon were on our way to Ephesus (see blog).

To see the Pics, click Here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/241981/
Ephesus : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/244108/

Friday, April 08, 2005

Istanbul, World's Coolest City - by Ben

Istanbul has to be one of the coolest cities on the planet. It certainly is the only one that spans two continents. The history here is unmatched anywhere in the world. We stayed in a hotel directly across the street from Aya Sofya. Originally a catholic church, Aya Sofya was built by the Romans in the 6th century A.D. The entire reason for its construction was the emperor wanted to build the largest building in the world. When the Byzantine Empire fell, it was converted to a mosque. Now it serves as a museum, and is still the fourth largest religious building in the world.

Another of Istanbul’s amazing sites is the massive, underground Basilica Cistern. It was built in 532 by Emperor Justinian to hold water in case the city fell under siege. The floor area is almost 10,000 square meters. The vaulted ceiling is supported by 336 columns. When full, it could store 80,000 cubic meters of water.

We also visited the Blue Mosque (built to rival Aya Sofya), the Grand Bazaar, and the Tokapi Palace, home of the Sultans. We also took a cruse up the Bosphorus, the straight separating Asia from Europe. It was cool to get on the boat in one continent and get off in another. It seems that Istanbul’s main industry is carpets. Everyone we met ether sold carpets or wanted us to buy one from their brother’s shop. The very first day we were ambushed and had no choice but to purchase three of them, even though we didn’t want them. Not only is Istanbul geographically where Europe and Asia meet, but culturally as well. It is the perfect balance between West and East, I guess that’s why we all liked it so much.

To see the Pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/241975/

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Delicious Mauritius

Mauritius is a true paradise island. The water is only a few meters deep for a mile straight out. Between the shallows and the coral reefs 10 meters from shore, all surf is eliminated and the water is as calm as a pond. This was the perfect place to get used to the ocean again after the unfortunate events of Dec. 26, 2004.

We stayed the first night, after arriving on a ten P.M. flight, at a low quality motel near the airport. We were all so tired, we didn’t care. No one even realized that we were 10 meters from the beach until the next morning, it was so quiet. Even when the wind was blowing 20 knots, the water stayed calm.

The next two nights we spent in a much more enjoyable resort on the other side of the island. The Villas Caroline was a wonderful place right on the beach. The white sand beaches and nearby coral reefs were amazing. The delicious food was highlighted by a pig roast (much to Max’s displeasure) on the last night of our stay. Even though some of us were not very keen on going, we enjoyed Mauritius very much.

See the Pics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/241966/

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Lions and Rhinos and Mozambican Spitting Cobras, Oh My!! By Ben

Kruger National Park is one of the most visited wildlife parks in the world, and you can see why. Hundreds of thousands of acres of unspoiled bush stretch as far as the eye can see. Picturesque waterholes are visited every night by elephants, antelope, Burchell’s zebra, and safari jeeps full of camera-wielding tourists. The only evidence of civilization is dirt roads and the occasional, isolated safari lodge.

During one of our stays we were guided around the bush by CJ, a ranger who never grew up. He highlighted our tours with his ingenious mud missiles and his wacky dung spitting contests (no, you don’t want to know). But not only does he light up the game drives, but he spends all of the meals telling the most amazing stories about his life.

Although it seems dangerous, none of the camps had fences; only one had two lines of electric fence to keep out the elephants. Warthogs and hyenas literally waltzed right up to your front door. We had a spitting cobra try to crawl in our room. The food in the bush is amazing. The nearest town is an hour away, so even the bread is homemade. Many of the camps have their own five-star chef.

I truly hope that this wonderful experience will be available for everyone for generations to come.

To see the Amazing Pics, Click here :

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Sydney - What a cool City!!! by Ben

Sydney is an amazing city. We stayed in an apartment that had the most picture perfect view of the harbour, bridge and Opera House.

While we were in Sydney we met up with some friends who had lived in Boulder for a few year working for my dad’s company, Les & Iris. The time we were there just happened to land on the day of their engagement party. The party was very fun and we all learned how to play cricket.

We also went to the Taronga park zoo. It was one of the coolest zoo's any of us had ever seen. The easiest way to get around Sydney is by ferry. The ferries go almost everywhere and run every half an hour. We also visited the Maritime museum, which was very cool, and the aquarium.

Sydney is a very cool city and I hope to go back.

To see the Pics, Click here :

Sydney : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/186459/
Zoo : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/186465/
Les & Iris's Party : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/186468/
Museums : http://www.flickr.com/photos/raderstorfwwa/sets/186466/