Euphoria 2

Trip Start Nov 24, 2006
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Trip End Jun 28, 2008


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Friday, April 25, 2008

POLSKI:
Nasi przyjechali o 7 rano, wiec mielismy wczesna pobudke. Znalezlismy im hotel, tuz obok naszego, w ktorym udalo sie wynegocjowac 12$/osobe. W poludnie check-outowalismy sie z naszego hotelu (nb.oszukali nas, nie powiedzieli, ze dalismy im za duzo gotowki) i przenieslismy bagaze do "naszych". O 12:30 spotkalismy sie z Gokim, naszym hostem z Hospitality Club, ktory mial nas goscic w nadchodzaca noc. Goki jest studentem medycyny i - jak kazdy Turek - jest napalony na blondynki z niebieskimi oczami... Pod Hagia Sofia oznajmilam mu, ze bedzie nas czternascioro (a nie jak planowalismy - czworo), i spytalam czy nie mialby nic przeciwko oprowadzeniu nas wszystkich po miescie. Zabral nas niemal wszedzie - nad Bosfor, na druga strone ciesniny, na Francuska Ulice, do Hagia Sofia, na herbate jablkowa, na obiad etc. Wieczorem bylismy przy moscie laczacym Europe z Azja, a na koncu poszlismy na pokaz tanca brzucha i piwo tureckie. Goki ma bardzo turecka mentalnosc. Kilkakrotnie musialam mu tlumaczyc, ze w moim kraju tak sie nie robi (wtedy akurat ugryzl mnie w ramie), ze to niezgodne z moja kultura, zeby nigdy wiecej tego nie probowal; albo on mowil np. "nie badz taka zimna", bo nie chcialam isc z nim pod ramie, a tym bardziej trzymac za reke. Nie chcialam byc niemila, bo naprawde sie staral, wiec tlumaczylam mu moje reakcje do oporu. Bardzo duzo dla nas zrobil - byl naszym przewodnikiem, okazal mnostwo cierpliwosci (zebrac 14 osob i oprowadzac je po tak wielkim miescie jak Istanbul wcale nie jest takie proste), no i przenocowal nasza czworke. W tym celu wyrzucil z mieszkania swoich dwoch wspollokatorow:). Rozmawialismy do drugiej w nocy. Ogolnie dzien byl bardzo udany, mielismy duzo szczescia, ze Goki mnie znalazl przez strone HC i napisal akurat w tym czasie, gdy bylam w Istanbule. To byl nasz drugi i przedostatni dzien w tym szalonym miescie i kraju...

ENGLISH:
Our people had arrived at 7 am, so we had to wake up early. We found them a hotel, right next to ours, where we negociated 12$ per person. At noon we checked-out our hotel (by the way they cheated on us, they didn`t say that we gave them too much cash) and we moved our stuff  to the rest of our group. At 12:30 we were supposed to meet up with Goki, a Hospitality Club member, that was going to host us that following night. Goki is a medicine student and - just like every Turkish guy - fancies a blonde girl with blue eyes... When we were about to enter Hagia Sofia, I told him there would be 14 of us (instead of 4 as we`d planned), and I asked him if he wouldn`t mind to be a guide for all of us. He took us almost everywhere - to Bosporus, to the other side of the straits, to the French Street, inside of Hagia Sofia, for an apple tea, for a dinner etc. In the evening we went to see the bridge connecting Europe with Asia, and eventually we went to see a belly dance show and drink a Turkish beer. Goki has got a very Turkish mentality. I had to explain to him several times, that it`s not something we do in my country (at that moment he`d bite my arm), that it`s not relevant to my culture, and tell him to never try it again; or he`d say e.g. "don`t be so cold" because I didn`t want to put my hand under his arm, or especially hold his hand. I didn't want to be rude, because I could tell he was trying his best, so I`d be explaining to him my reactions one by one. He really did do so much for us - he was our guide, he`d shown a lot of patience (it`s not that easy to get 14 people together and guide them around such a huge city as Istanbul), and eventually e hosted 4 of us. He`d kick his 2 flat mates out of the flat in order so we could sleep there J . We`d been chatting till 2 in the morning. In general it was a really good day, we were really lucky that Goki had found me through HC website and wrote me exactly at that time when I was in Istanbul. It was our second day and we had one more left in that crazy city and country...
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