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Dad's birthday - Happy Birthday! While Dad waits for his B-day card to make it through Mid East mail, we explored Istanbul. The hardest adjustment has been the money exchange: $1 = 675,000 Turkish Lira. After checking and rechecking our math to make sure we weren't crazy, we nervously took $150,000,000 out of a money machine. Then we paid $3 million for a Big Mac. Bargaining with street vendors while keeping all of the zero's straight has been a real headache. On the bright side, everyone is a millionaire in Turkey. 
By spanning the Bosphorous, this bridge connects two continents. The toll is pretty heavy though, at least a million.