With a small change of plans, I am still in Istanbul; bit under the weather (don’t ask, don’t tell) so I postponed moving on; am close to making plans to fly directly to Antalya later this week, rather than do the more extensive coastal touring by bus that I’d intended. I’m staying in a women’s dorm, nice private room, access to laundry and kitchen, $17 a night! I’ve needed to scale back expenses, especially given that I’m heading to England to visit Diana (and Bryan if he’s not off sailing) and will have some nights in pricey London … and then be back in Montpellier …

So, this birthday is a quiet one alone, and I’m thinking about past birthdays shared with great friends. Thanks for those moments and those memories!

If you are feeling indulgent towards this vagabond-wastrel and feel like treating me to a pint of ale in London, or some other little treat, my PayPal account is mexpat15 @ gmail dot com … And I will thank you with a postcard, so be sure to give me your postal address if you aren’t sure I have it.