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Let's just go back in time a few days

sunny 17 °C

On our way to Istanbul, we stayed with our friend Sarah in Vancouver, in the basement suit apartment she shares with her boyfriend Steve. Before we left, she took some photos of us with her new digital SLR.


So there we were before starting out - before the long flights and the bad coffee and the crazy taxi driver. We really should have taken a picture of ourselves when we got in to our hostel at 1:30am on the 16th, with mussed hair, sweaty shirts and red eyes. However, neither of us had the presence of mind at that point, so you'll just have to imagine it for yourselves.

Here's a picture of the muesli and coffee we had at Heathrow during our layover. The container of muesli said "Eat Pot" on it. I can only assume that this is something British and refers to the small plastic container as a "pot" to eat from, because I didn't get high.


And finally, as real proof that yes, we are in Istanbul, here's one of the many shots of the inside of the harem at Topkapi Palace I took yesterday.


Istanbul is extremely busy. Everywhere we go there are crowds. Like, big crowds. Last night we watched the trams going by, absolutely packed with people. It's a bit overwhelming sometimes and we are discussing heading South sooner than planned - perhaps we can come back to Istanbul again on our way to Bulgaria and perhaps then it will be less busy. It seems that right now is peak tourist/festival/everything time. Yesterday there was a group of some Greek Orthodox religious folk who wanted to have a religious ceremony in the Hagi Sofia, which is presently against the law (it's a museum and worship is not permitted there, apparently). The whole place was surrounded by bus-loads of police - we saw them strapping on their riot gear. So after Topkapi Palace, we headed off to Suleymanyi Hamam for a Turkish Bath, which I think is a subject for the next blog entry. Coming soon!


Posted by arwyn 19:45 Archived in Turkey Tagged travel palace istanbul turkish vancouver bath topkapi crowded harem

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