Today, I arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for my first ever Global Spa Summit. The first event? A spectacular cocktail reception at Swissotel and a tour of its lovely Amrita Spa. In spite of a rather wicked case of jet-lag, it has been such a fun evening, filled with connecting with friends like American Spa columnist Peter Anderson, Universal Companies’s Alfredo Carvajal and his lovely wife, Living Earth Crafts’s Jim Chenevey, SpaEquip’s Polly Johnson, and many more. Enjoy a few preview pics here. And stay tuned, I’ll be blogging throughout the event and posting photos, as will my SpaTrade colleague, Lisa Starr (check us out enjoying the fabulous city views). Welcome to Turkey!