Ben has been underway for about a month now. He has been to two liberty ports. The first was in Portugal. He said much of what they did was very Americanized but he did take a day to go for a bike ride with his riding buddies from the ship. They rode about 40 miles to the Western-most part of Europe, pictured above. He said he enjoyed the day very much.
The next liberty port was in Turkey. Some time between Portugal and Turkey, he was recruited to sing in the ship's choir. When they first got to Turkey, there was a ceremony with the Turkish people during which Ben sang with the choir. They went on tour buses to some sites but the highlight, once again, was a bike ride through the countryside. The pictures below show the sites he saw on his bike ride in Turkey. He said the day was perfect with 70 degree weather.