Terrell's Travel Journals
I travel as
much as a bookseller's salary will allow and, since I like to write, I've kept journals of my trips from the
last several years. I'll be adding to this list as I get my handwritten journals
typed up. It seems to make more sense to list them geographically rather than
chronologically. Let me know if you disagree. Just to keep things simple, I've
put the Turkey journals in the Europe category although much of the time spent
in Turkey was in the Asian portion.
Many years ago I
spent a year in Italy as an AFS exchange student. Unfortunately, I
hadn't gotten into the journaling habit yet. Someday I'll make a go
of recreating some high points of that year but not yet.
In the spring of
2000, I fulfilled a promise to myself to take a big trip in honor of
my fortieth birthday by spending three weeks in Spain. I've recently
rediscovered my notebook from that trip so it will be posted here as
soon as I can get it typed.
I've been lucky enough to be able to travel to
Turkey three times with Meli Seval of
2004 I did the trip that most people start with. We began in
Istanbul, then traveled by train to Ankara where we picked up our
private mini bus and driver. We visited Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya
on the Mediterranean coast, Pamukkale, and Ephesus, winding up in
2005 we went to the areas
that used to be off limits to travelers in Southeastern and Eastern Turkey.
We had a wonderful time seeing Antakya, Gaziantep, Marden, and Şanliurfa,
climbing Mt. Nemrud to see the giant stone heads and watching the sun rise
on Mt. Ararat.
2006 I started
my travels with a few days in
staying at an hostel and trying to sightsee during the worst
European heat wave in years.
After London, I moved up to
to join a brother and his family for a few days of touring by car.
I flew down to
to visit with my
niece in Tuscany and then spent a single day in Venice.
continued on to Turkey to join my 2006 Melitour group. We
started with the Eastern Black Sea coast, visiting Sumela Monastery near
Trabzon and spending time in a yayla before heading south to visit Erzurum,
Kars, Doğubayazit, and Lake Van. You can read the
group journal where each tour member
kept the journal for a day or you can read my
In 2001, I quit my
job in Seattle and spent most of the year driving a rough perimeter
around the country ending with an accident in Tucson that left me
unhurt but carless. Most of the trip remains to be typed.
In 2007, I quit my
job in Seattle (different but similar job) and moved to Texas to
look after my mother for two years.
I drove from Seattle via Portland, Salt Lake City, the
Four Corner's region and Taos on my way to Dallas. A little family
in Portland, a little genealogy in Salt Lake City, a little hiking
in Arches National Park and a little snow near Taos made it a
great road trip.
In 2008 my younger
brother and I took our mom for one last visit (she's no longer
really able to travel) to one of our favorite places, Chautauqua,
New York. While I'm rewriting the journal, you can
read the article that I wrote for the Wide World Books & Maps
Long, long ago, as a
teenager I spent a summer in Puebla, Mexico living with friends. I
still have the rather sketchy journal I kept that summer and plan to
transcribe it here.
In 2009 I spent
three months in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mom moved to assisted
living in January so I left her to the care of my four Dallas
brothers and took off for a break before resuming a more normal life. I'm
still working on a good way to summarize such a big trip but in the
meantime you can read the
Argentina entries from my blog or view some of the
800 pictures I posted on Flickr.
Way back in 1984, I
spent six weeks in China as a TA for SMU's Summer in China program.
We spent three weeks in Shanghai and then traveled for three weeks
to Beijing, Xian, Chungking, and along the Yangtze River before the
Three Gorges Dam was anything more than a twinkle in some engineer's
eye. This is one of those unwritten journals that I hope to
I'm hoping (oh
please, oh please) to take
Meli's trip to Syria and Jordan in the spring of 2011. Anyone
who wants to join me PLEASE
let me know. It's going to be a fabulous experience.