Time to leave...
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:01

We previously bought our tickets to Warsaw hoping that nothing would go wrong with the Polish Schengen visa. When we went to take our passports to the consulate on Monday, were greeted with smiles as before. Poland has given us a six-month multi-entry Schengen visa and stay for ninety days although we asked for a ten-day single entry one. This means that, our round the world tour will officially start on Tuesday July 20th at 17:30. Besides this is the answer to the question about the date we leave which we couldn't answer due to the bureaucratic obstacles before.

These are the last lines written from Turkey. We plan to write about the places we've been around and share photos instead of telling about the obstacles we met. Thanks to everyone who supported us during preparations...



Polska żywo! (Hurray for Poland!)
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 00:36
polskaWhen Germany is mentioned, everything has to be done within the rules! If you wish to apply for a visa to Germany, you first have to make an appointment by phone. To get an appointment, you must have a credit card or you have to pay the fee prior to the appointment. In addition to these fees, then the application fee and shipping fee have to be paid !

I successfully passed this stage and made my appointment. However, when I went to the interview, they said they could not accept my visa application with the existing documents. I went out roughly witth sixty pages of documentation in my hands.

Özcan did not go the appointment since it wouldn't make any sense and we had to change our route. The next day we went to the Polish consulate. I entered the waiting room after a long period in the queue. Then I told that we will travel  all around the world and we want to go to Poland. Besides told that we resigned our jobs, and we have no links to our companies now. This was a desperate application but the answer of the official was surprisingly good. Suddenly she started to ask questions about our world tour. She was very interested. A guy whom I later learned that he was the consul even  wanted to come with us. The behavior of all the officials, including Polish consul, have proven us that our ideas about Poland were totally true. Besides I want to talk about Engin, the most extraordinary ever Turkish traveler whom we have met while waiting in front of the embassy. He  has a bachelor's degreee in Computer Engineering as well as a Master's degree but what makes him special is that he left all his career behind and started traveling. Full three years of travel and the only material is his djembe which he plays. After some nice talk, we said goodbye to Engin hoping that we will meet him somewhere in the world again and started to wait for Monday. We will learn if we could obtain the visa or not that day.
Expert Daydreamers, Vagabond Travelers...
Friday, 16 July 2010 15:06

vagabondtravelersWe had the goodbye party on Tuesday evening. Thanks to everyone that didn't leave us alone as well as the ones who called or texted. We will be calling everyone that suggested to help in case we need, one by one. We recorded all the talks, we have the evidence.


By the way, we have a few days of latency because of the obstacles we encountered during Schengen visa application. We will probably write more about those. But in short, we are not heading to Luxembourg due to these obstacles.

Goodbye Party
Friday, 09 July 2010 00:36

Counting down for the take off, its time for the goodbye party. Everyone is welcomed.


PS : Please do not send any flowers, instead give us money, that will make us much happier. Flowers should be kept alive on their branches. Besides we can eat something with that money when we are starving in Nepal. Please.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 13:02


In fact, it has been a long time since we started to plan the world tour. Noone knew about our plans except very close friends during preparation. We have received many messages of support after we announced our website, thus our plans. From various parts of the world, old friends, our families, relatives and the people we don't even know before. They were all very positive and we are proud about we have heard. In fact, these lines include a thank to everyone for their support and good wishes. Thanks to everyone who contacted us via phone, email or social networks. We feel so honored.


What we do in the meantime? Ismail is currently in a quiet beach on the coast of Datça and I'm wandering around the streets and old stone houses of Safranbolu, spending time with our families. It is great to be with them. Ok, they keep asking why they don't have normal children from time to time but everything is good except it.


DSC_0495Besides the date for taking off is clear. If we don't have any more obstacles about the visa procedures, we will be going to Luxembourg on the evening of July 16th. Kurtuluş told that I didn't tell him about my plans exactly before so I have to spend time with him privately.


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