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Just in case you didn't believe me about Istanbul being crowded.

sunny 30 °C

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See how many people are in that picture? Now just imagine that that many people are all around you, everywhere you go, and that's Istanbul as we saw it. We had to get up early and go to the Blue Mosque right at 9:00am, when prayers are finished for the morning and visitors are allowed in, in order to wait in a line that was only about 100 people long. By 11:00am all the queues were so big for every tourist attraction that it wasn't worth waiting in the hot sun that long! It's really nice being in Fethiye now, because there are no crowds like that and there's a breeze from the sea every now and then. It's so hot, however, that in the long afternoons we don't really do much except swim in the hostel pool, read our books in the shade by the pool, and blog about it. We're paying just 3 Euros more per person for this double room than we would have paid per person for an eight-bed shared dorm in Istanbul, and did I mention this place has a swimming pool? We've also spoken to a man about renting a boat, and we may be getting ready to sail by Friday or Saturday! We haven't rented any motorbikes. Even Jason said he didn't feel too good about driving around here... When we were in Istanbul, we caught a taxi at one point with four other people, because there was a problem with the tram and it just didn't come. Now, this was an ordinary-sized taxi, so it was made to fit one driver and four passengers. However, we crammed five passengers in, slammed the doors on ourselves, and the driver said, "Are you ready? I'm not going to go slow!" with a twinkle in his eye. It wasn't nearly as crazy as the taxi ride we had on our first night in Istanbul, but it's just another example of what Turkish driving is like. Not for the faint of heart or the hesitant!

Posted by arwyn 06:24 Archived in Turkey

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Can't wait to hear about the sailing expedition. Hopefully there will be places where you can stop, visit and find computers to blog about everything! Thanks for the updates!

by andy

I think I have an idea of what your taxi ride was like. I still remember the first time I took a taxi during rush hour in Taipei. My feet were planted deep in the floor, my hand gripped the door hard while my other hand held on to my seatbelt as we flew around corners, went the wrong way up one way streets, weaved around cars, and got to my destination in record time at no extra charge. And the whole time my driver is watching a Korean soap opera on his car TV. Yikes!

by Jesse

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