Monthly Archives: April 2011

The ghosts of Simpsons past

The Simpson Prize group has of course departed Istanbul and is probably now arriving home. However, I’m still in Istanbul and in blogging mode, so if you will indulge your correspondent for one last post……. It is a strange feeling … Continue reading

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Last day in Istanbul

Welcome dear reader to the final posting from Istanbul.  By the time you read this, the Simpsonites will be on the plane heading back to Australia.  Our final day in Istanbul was memorable, with a visit to Hagia Sophia, the fourth biggest … Continue reading

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Back in Istanbul

We bid farewell to the Kum Hotel and jumped on our bus for a return trip to Istanbul.  It was sad to leave behind our wonderful hotel as we had become quite attached to its simple charm and wonderful staff.  … Continue reading

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Anzac Day – a post from Hayley

Finally ANZAC day has come and with it the main highlight of the trip. We received a wake up call at midnight; something many of the students didn’t need as we decided that it was better to stay up and … Continue reading

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Mission accomplished

Just back at the Kum Hotel now having completed our marathon run. A chilly dawn service and a successful Lone Pine service – very moving reading from Tanvi and professional wreath handling from the rest of the group. Nice to … Continue reading

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Off to Dawn Service

Just after midnight here and we are about to head off to Dawn Service. Aussie services will have happened in the east and starting soon in the west. Remember to watch for us on the Lone Pine Service broadcast, 6pm … Continue reading

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Anzac eve

With Anzac Day almost upon us, the plan was for a morning outing with a relaxed afternoon.  The transformation of the peninsula is complete – there are buses full of Turks, Aussies and Kiwis everywhere, at every road intersection there are … Continue reading

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To Helles and back – a post from Chelsea

Today saw its start with another extravagant breakfast at the Kum. This morning’s travels were to include visiting the French, British, and Turkish memorials. The days journey began at Cape Helles where the group admired the amazing the view from … Continue reading

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Random stuff

The Simpson Prize trip always includes down time, when we entertain ourselves and just hang out.  Being away from the usual distractions of TV, computers, mobile phones etc. is a chance to engage in a bit of good old fashioned … Continue reading

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On two continents – a post from Gene

After another traditional Hotel Kum buffet breakfast, the group departed for Kilitbahir where a ferry would take us to the relaxed sea side town of Cannakale. The group fronted the extremely cold winds, pulled out their scarves and beanies, and … Continue reading

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