Well the weeks have raced by and now we are on the eve of beginning our journey. Bags are packed (then unpacked, repacked, adjusted, emptied, changed, stuffed, sat upon and zipped up) with students ready to travel from all corners of the country to Sydney. Here we will rendezvous without a hitch – well that’s the plan – to board our international flight. At least this year there are no unpronounceable Icelandic volcanoes spewing plane-grounding ash into the air to threaten our trip. Then our new group will bond over the shared ordeal of too many hours sitting down, eating too much food, watching too many movies and sleeping not enough. But when we come out the other end, it will be on the other side of the world in the fabulously exotic city of Istanbul……not Constantinople. It will be a true Turkish delight.