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Eat Like A Local In Turkey

I was reading the May issue of AFAR Magazine over breakfast today. This is AFAR’s annual Food Issue and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a magazine junkie and amateur foodie like me. The inspiration for this week’s ‘AZ the World Turns’ blog is a sentence by the Editor-in-Chief, Julia Cosgrove, “As with most of my travel memories, those from my Turkey trip are entwined with what I ate and drank there, and with the meals shared by friends old and new.”

Photos from the Selcuk Market during a recent Azamara cruise to Kusadasi, Turkey
Photos from the Selcuk Market during a recent Azamara cruise to Kusadasi, Turkey.

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The Grand Tour – This Blogger’s Brief Overview

Dating back to 1660 young individuals with dreams of improving their cultural education, their social connections (what we call ‘networking’ today), as well as their social standing, have been traveling throughout Europe on what’s known as The Grand Tour. While the itinerary varied, the Grand Tour, almost by definition, always included both Venice and Rome since both were the cradle of our western artistic culture, e.g. the Renaissance.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

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Travel = Happiness

I travel because it makes me happy.

But why does travel make me happy?

Travel makes me happy by its power to inform & transform. Travel puts me outside my comfort zone and forces me to get off auto-pilot.

And when does travel make me happy? Travel happiness hits me in three distinct stages, over time.

Here I am, happy at sea
Here I am, happy at sea

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The New Girl on the Blog

Life is funny, isn’t it? I’ve never thought of myself as a writer per se and yet here I am, the new Chief Blogging Officer for Azamara Club Cruises. I’ve always been more of a numbers person. I used to say I’d like to live in an Ivory Tower and crunch numbers for a living. In fact, I did that for many years, while setting up marketing analysis systems and revenue management departments for cruise lines of my past. But since you’re just meeting me, let me tell you a bit about my cruise history…

Here’s a recap in 7 words: my cruise line career spanned 20 years.

Here I am, crunching numbers in 1989
Here I am, crunching numbers in 1989

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