Starting, I suppose, about 50 km east of Istanbul, I saw patches of snow on the ground. As we traveled east, up the mountains, the snow got thicker, until I saw about eight inches of snow on Bolu Mountain. This is where our bus stopped for lunch. The view was breathtaking. In Ankara, it's snowed all day today--Mike says it's snowed here six out of the past seven Christmases. The snow's not as thick here, maybe four inches. I should have packed my sled.