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Trip Report My Turkey Trip Had Ups and Downs

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Not everything went smoothly. The apartment in which I was living was broken into in Istanbul. Notfun at all.

The blog from hte entire trip is here: http://bit.ly/1kOZ6ld

If you are robbed overseas, be sure to talk to your homeowners' insurance. You can get partial reimbursement. Travelers' did fine. I have no complaints. Your travel insurance is generally only for lost luggage and medical, not for burglaries. Also, travel insurance offers less coverage than homeowners'.

You do have to get a statement from the police showing that you reported the incident to get reimbursed. That was a challenge in Turkey but everything worked out.

I am back home now and sorting the remaining things out. Fortunately, my old laptop was password protected. I changed all the passwords that had anything to do with money--a real pain in the neck, but, if they broke through the password on the computer, they could have access to my email and even change the passwords themselves. It wouldn't have been pretty.

The American Consulate was very helpful. They gave me access to a computer and helped with all the calls I needed to make to cancel credit cards. The burglary was a professional hit and mega amounts were charged on my credit cards before I could cancel--all to a bogus tour company (probably "owned" bu the burglars. I did have a list of all the credit card numbers and phone numbers printed out in my trip file--which saved a lot of time.

I had a very positive reaction to Turkey on my first trip in 2011. This time, well, I would not go back any time soon. It was not the burglary. They are supporting Hamas and there was antisemetic graffiti all over by the time I left. I was glad to leave. Here's what I had to say about that:

http://bit.ly/1owNelr

On the morning after the burglary I had no cash, no ATM card and 2 credit cards were gone. Fortunately they did not get two others. I ran around shoving those two credit cards in ATMs in Istanbul without success for awhile. Finally, I tried AKBank and I heard the sweet sound of a cash advance being dispensed via my Capital One card. My new ATM card eventually reached me at my next home exchange in Stockholm.

It wasn't the best of trips but I did survive and can now regale you with another travel disaster tale. The worst part was dealing with the Turkish police. Read the blog.

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