I spent three weeks in Turkey, and two of those with Erol Savda as our OAT guide. While we began our tour at Sultanahmet Square, our trip was much more extensive. Erol was wonderfully knowledgeable, no matter where we were, and tried to answer some of those hard questions we put to him. I respect his honesty and his endurance. Putting up with a group of 12 for two full weeks, being at our beckon call, dealing with the ups and downs of a road trip and varied activities, is hard, and he managed well. At the end of two weeks my friend and I stayed an extra week in Istanbul. Because of him we had a good feel for the city and he gave me a taste of what it is like to live in Turkey, a world away from my American home. We actually met up with him that last week, and he was at it again, introducing a new group of visitors to the city he loves.
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