Selçuk and Pamukkale, Turkey

After our stay in Istanbul, we made our way through a few more Turkish towns, the next of which were Selçuk and Pamukkale.

Selçuk was a charming town with much to offer.  Everyone we met was incredibly kind and hospitable and there was plenty to explore, not least of which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus.  It was fascinating to walk through this city and imagine the Biblical stories I knew as a child happening within the streets, temples, and the great theater.

Selçuk also claims to be the origin of the Virgin Mary, and you can visit her supposed home, which is 7 km outside the town.  We planned to ride bicycles, thinking 7 km wasn't so far, but we didn't realize those 7 km were almost entirely uphill.  We stopped at a statue of the Virgin Mary a couple kilometers up the hill and called it good enough!  The ride was still a highlight of our stay, as we came across several flocks of sheep and even a ewe who just gave birth to triplets!  We also stopped by the cave of the Seven Sleepers.

Our next stop was Pamukkale, which was one of the places I was most excited to visit since I had seen incredible pictures.  Unfortunately, it wasn't as grand as we expected because its famous white travertines are drying up and had little water during that particular time of year.  Still, we enjoyed taking some artistic shots in the reflections of the pools that remained and we were also able to explore the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Images of Jordan

One year ago today, I was overlooking the Dead Sea from the shores of Jordan, preparing to return to my life in Uganda after a month away. 

Although I came to Jordan with no agenda, so much happened in that month: I deepened some treasured relationships and navigated other difficult ones.  I gained perspective on transitions happening in my own life, and I wrestled with how to be a white, Western woman in another new culture. I tried my best to learn about the region's political and cultural dynamics, and I saw a bit more of the beauty that part of the world has to offer.

While I look back and honor all the lessons learned and continue to put my experiences into perspective, allow me to tempt you into making your own trip to this marvelous country with a collection of photos I took during my two trips in 2011 and 2013.


Wadi Rum

A swimmer floating in the Dead Sea

A rug weaver


The treasury at Petra



Atop the hills of Petra.


Handwoven rugs


A shepherd and his flock

The Roman coliseum in Amman

camels in the desert

Olive grove

Wadi Rum

The ancient city of Jerash


Village of Dana

Tea in the desert

Tea with the Bedouins in Wadi Rum

The Red Sea at Aqaba

The Dead Sea

A boy and his horse