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


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Sunday, April 27, 2008

POLSKI:
Myslalam, ze nie wstane o tej 8mej rano. Goki zrobil nam jajecznice na sniadanie, po czym przespacerowalismy sie do hotelu, gdzie spala reszta grupy. Pozegnalismy sie z nim, i o 12tej wyruszylismy na stare miasto. Poszlismy zobaczyc Palac Tokapi, siedzibe sultanow. Bogactwo widoczne bylo na kazdym kroku - najwiekszy na swiecie diament, laska Mojzesza, zlote trony itp... Nim sie obejrzelismy, minely nam tam 2,5 i zglodnielismy. Czas bylo pojsc cos zjesc. W szostke usiedlismy w jakims tanim barze-kafejce, niedaleko Hagia Sofia. Gdy przyszlo do zaplaty za rachunek, okazalo sie, ze stalismy sie ofiarami manipulacji... Facet policzyl sobie jeszcze raz tyle za przystawki, ktorych nb. nie zamawialismy, po prostu staly na stole - ze niby gratis, ile za caly obiad. Padalo i bylo chlodno, co nie poprawialo nam humorow. Siedzielismy i dlugo tlumaczylismy gosciowi, ze nie zachowal sie w porzadku, i ze nie zaplacimy za cos, czego nie zamawialismy, ze to byla czysta manipulacja. Dawno tak sie nie zdenerwowalam jak wtedy, choc rozmawialam dosc spokojnie i rzeczowo. W koncu dalismy mu 4 liry napiwku (zamiast dodatkowych 34 lirow) i wyszlismy. Oczywiscie dowiedzielismy sie, jacy to Polacy sa be i fe. Tylko, ze to nie my zawinilismy tym razem. Poszlismy na Grand Bazaar. To byly nasze ostatnie godziny w Istanbule. Pierwszy dzien, to byla euforia; drugi - kontynuacja euforii; na trzeci dzien mielismy dosc Istanbulu. Trzeba bylo sie ewakuowac. Ciagle nas ktos zaczepial, nagabywal do zakupu czegos, do tego stopnia, ze przestalam reagowac. Totalna ignorancja. Wyszlam ze sklepu spożywczego i ktos na mnie wchodzi, wiec go omijam, nawet nie patrzac. Znowu mi zastawia droge, wiec znowu go wymijam. Za trzecim razem juz mialam wrzasnac "patrz jak chodzisz", gdy w koncu spojrzałam na niego i to był nasz kolega Goki... Nie raczylam na niego spojrzec, bo myslalam, ze to kolejna kiepska proba podrywu.
Goki odprowadzil nasza czworke - Anie, Arka, mnie i Marcina - na dworzec autobusowy - inny niz ten, na ktory przyjechalismy. Poswiecil mecz swojej ulubionej druzyny, zeby sie z nami pozegnac, co bylo bardzo mile z jego strony. O 20:30 wsiedlismy w autokar i pojechalismy do Sofii...
 
ENGLISH:
I thought I wouldn`t wake up at that silly 8 am. Goki made us scrambled eggs for the breakfast, and then we walked to the hostel  where the rest of the group was staying. We said goodbye to him and went towards the old town.  We decided to go to the Tokapi Palace, a headquarter of sultans. You could tell how much wealth was there in every step  you made - the biggest diamond in the world, Moises`es stick, thrones made of gold etc... Before we even realized, 2,5 hours had flown by and we became hungry. It was time to eat something. There were 6 of us that set down at a bar-café place, located not too far from Hagia Sofia. When it came to paying the bill, we found out that we`d just become victims of a manipulation. The owner counted twice as much for the starters, that by the way we never ordered, they were just on the table, pretending to be for free, as for the whole lunch. It was a rainy and chillin` day, which wouldn`t make us cheer up. We`d be sitting there, explaining to the guy, that he played unfair, and that we wouldn`t pay for something that we`d never ordered, that it was a clear manipulation. I hadn`t been so annoyed in a while, although I was talking calmly and clearly.  Eventually we`d pay him 4 lira of a tip (instead of 34 lira extra) and we`d leave. Obviously we`d hear how bad and ugly the Polish are. Though, this time it wasn`t our fault. We went to the Grand Bazaar. We had last a few hours in Istanbul. The first day there was like an euphoria; the second one was a continuation of the euphoria; on the last day we had enough of Istanbul.   We had to get out of there. We`d be accosted by somebody all the time, we`d be asked to buy something, up to this stage that I stopped reacting for it. A total ignorance. I`m getting off a grocery store and somebody is bumping into me, so I`d steer clear of him, not even looking. He`s standing on my way again, so I`m steering clear of him again. When he did it for the third time, I was about to yell at him "watch out where you`re walking", and then I looked at him and that was our colleague Goki... I wouldn`t even bother to look at him, because I thought somebody was trying to make a pass at myself. Goki took 4 of us - Ania, Arek, me and Marcin - to the coach station - a different one that we arrived to. He`d skip a football game of his favourite team, in order to say goodbye to us, which was really sweet of him. At 8:30 pm we hopped on a coach and went towards Sofia...
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