Traveling throughout Turkey as part of Bora Ozkok's Cultural Folk Tours opened my eyes to the rich experiences that tour group trips can provide. Strong friendships continue from the bonds made on my spring 2010 trip. My three-week trip to revisit the country of my childhood included visits to Istanbul, Troy, the ancient city of Ephesus, and Cappadocia, where Bora owns a luxurious cave hotel.
As I wandered around campus of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I initially was transported to an early time, when I was young, energetic and wide-eyed about what the future had to offer. It wasn’t long, though, until I was rudely reminded of the passage of time.