All the Key Sights

Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Trip End Oct 08, 2012


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Flag of Turkey  , Istanbul,
Friday, June 17, 2011

Today I reconnected with Ehran for a full day tour of the important sites, strolling along Istaklal Cadessi near Taksim Square we entered into an old cathedral, Galata Tower, Sultanhemet aka the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace.

The day ended in a bit of a hurry with me rushing back to Kadikoy to shower, pack a bag and return to Kurucesme in time for the Ricky Martin concert. Of course "rushing" doesn't work in Istanbul. The commute to Kadikoy was a mere 1 hour effort until I figured out the ferry and finding Hamza’s apartment on an unpaved road in the dark but worse was the return trip. I ran to the only ferry stop I knew of to learn that I had missed the last boat back to Kabatas and the alternative was to catch a boat on the opposite side which would get me to Besiktas and then from there I would have to get a taxi to Kuruscesme. The guy actually put me on a ferry that was done but had to cross to other side to save me the walk around the port. Luckily once I got there I met up with four nice young adults who spoke great English and were also heading to the Ricky Martin concert. Together we grabbed a cab to the stadium and I made it to the show 20 minutes late. I was aware of the Ricky Martin concert early on and was really looking forward to going; a CSfer had invited me to join him for a VIP ticket but then cancelled the day of. My new friend Erin Weston, hooked me up though at the last minute when she knew how bummed I was. The few songs I heard were great and I got a little dancing in but he only played for just over an hour so the show was done by 10:20 and I was ready for a night out. The only drawback was that I was lugging around a full backpack so that I wouldn’t have to find my way back to Kadikoy again.

I convinced Erin to go for a drink even though she was exhausted from her all-nighter the night before. We met up with her CS friends Norton and Marc, who kindly hosted me on their couch that night in a town called Barkikoy. I knew I was in good hands with these guys; Norton, a fascinating man, originally German has lived and worked throughout the Middle East and Marc, a Maritime student who has been studying in New York.
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