This is Yeliz & Kaan. Welcome to our personal blog. We will share our travel adventures with you. In particular, must do things at different corners of the world, best place to stay and eat.We love cooking! We will share with you our special recipes from all over the world. Our favorite dishes include Turkish, Asian, Italian, and of course Sushi… Here you will also find a variety of our writings, poetry, travel photos, our life in Tennessee…
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We made our big move again, this time from Kingsport, Tennessee to Houston, Texas! It was a big change for us after 7 years living in Tri Cities. Houston was and always is a big city for us…i would never imagine to move Houston during our Christmas vacation here back in 2016. I remember telling Kaan, we saw Houston, we wont come back again.. we need to see other parts of the states 😉
We are here almost 7 months and after all i can tell we like Houston. We sometimes miss our simple and outdoorsy life in Tennessee but it was time to new adventures!!
If you are wondering, What do we like about Houston, here is a short list for you;
1-It is abig city but never overwhelming
2-Nice food and grocery
4-No winter 😉
5-Club Westside- Tennis +daycare
6-People are nice
7- Direct flight to Turkey and lots of other places
8-Hill County, Austin, San Antonio
9-Lots of social events and activities ( MS150/5Ks/ concerts / festivals)
What we don’t like about Houston
1-It is very very hot and humid in summer
2-It is not a cute city, no spirit 😉
3-Flooding and rain can be a big deal
5-No mountains ;(
5- Expensive compare to Tennessee every thing almost 3X more! Day care, home, property taxes are almost 6 times more ;(
Overall We like Houston and enjoying this chapter of our life!!
I had a crazy fun time sailing with the Topaz Uno Plus at Watauga Lake in East Tennessee in 15-20 mph winds on this beautiful fall Sunday.
Watauga Lake offers one of the most scenic locations for sailing. The lake was busy with sailboats and poweboats all enjoying the beautiful sunny day. Wind picked up in the afternoon and even more sailboats came out.
I set sail early in the morning in the Topaz Uno, aside a friend who set out a pantoon boat. We sailed across the lake in light winds. We anchored the pantoon boat in a shallow cove, and had ourselves a little picnic while waiting on the wind to pick up.
With winds picking up to a 15 mph constant breeze around 1pm, we both got on the sailboat. Our thrill on the sailboat was relatively short lived ss we noticed the pantoon start to move from its original anchored point. The winds had picked up even more, and we rushed back to the pantoon in record time.
After resting a while, we decided to race to the far end of the lake. With the wind blowing out of the west, we sailed downwind arlind the island, all the way to the bridge.
And then the fun began…
Going back upwind meant tacking multiple times in 20 mph wibds. As my friend was on the pantoon, and I had to balance the boat with 155lbs. This proved to be quite a challenge. It was also extremely fun.
I love the way the Topaz Uno handles. It is one fast boat, and I plan to race the bigger boats with it next spring. My only concern with the Topaz Uno is the difficulty to keep the boat going straight in close tack in heavy winds. It has a tendency to turn into the wind when overpowered. Maybe that means my mass alone is not enough to balance it right in heavy winds, or maybe because I have the smaller rudder (the race version comes with a heftier rudder). Perhaps the best option is taking a friend along in heavy winds.. Two is more fun than one, and the boat is plenty big enough 🙂