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Turkey (Istanbul)

Day 1

sunny 29 °C

Well, here we are...

After a very long series of flights, we arrived at Attaturk International airport at around 11:30pm on the 15th. The first flight from Vancouver to London, neither Arwyn or myself managed to sleep. In Heathrow airport, Arwyn decided to stretch her back by lying on the tiles and a very concerned lady came over and suggested that Arwyn check her blood-sugar levels, as apparently nobody lies on the floor unless they are sleeping or in serious distress! The next flight from London to Istanbul was much more comfortable and shorter but still no sleep either.
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At Attaturk, while we waited in line for our visas, we briefly chatted with a guy about our age from the US. Minnesota I think. He knew a little Turkish and mentioned that he had been to Istanbul before. After getting our baggage, we saw him again and shared a crazy cab ride to the bus terminal where he was headed. The cab driver took us to the hostel shortly after. I was feeling pretty tired after the air travel but the cab ride really woke me up! The motorways are pretty wide and fast, but the streets are really narrow and also fast. Beep beep beep beep beep! if you don't get out of the way and fast, you'll get your ass run down and probably nobody would care. There really is no expectation that any drivers are going to stop for you! Keeps you on your toes... The cab driver was having a lot of fun taking us around, blasting Turkish music and pumping the brakes to the beat! it was pretty awesome.

Our hostel is very close to all the tourist attractions like the Blue Mosque, and Aya Sofia and we were woken by the calling to prayer as it is blasted over loud speakers at around 5:30 in the morning. We had some breakfast, wandered around for a bit along the water and called it a day. Maybe by tomorrow the jetlag will be mostly over.
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Other things: It's pretty warm here. I'd guess close to 30 during the day and the air is sticky and thick. it seems mostly everybody smokes and there are lots of cats.

More later...

-J

Posted by jcobham 19:56 Archived in Turkey

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Glad you guys made it safe and sound! You are bringing back my memories of traveling in that wonderful country - I am glad you are liking it. Hope the jet lag wears off soon, and I'm really looking forward to your next posts. Have fun at the blue mosque!

by klogan

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