Today is not, in fact, Tuesday
Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
21Trip End Jul 14, 2011
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Another great Istanbul trait (I will try not to make this an extensive pros list) is the ability to wander unfettered by a map (so I my have accidentally back at the hostel) and experience sights and monuments at every turn; wıth spires of ancient mosques rising across the horizon all one has to do is set off toward one, check it out, pick another distant landmark and then continue on toward it. I perambulated across the majority of the Old Town for the most part of eight hours without a map and at no time lacked a direction or interest to view to occupy myself (my legs freaking hurt).
Notable places visited include Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Square and the Hippodrome, the Aquaduct and Istanbul University. The Blue Mosque is apparently the most remarkable of the mosques and I had made it a destination to visit; after searching the supposed location of this monument for some time and eventually conceding my quest I would later discover the colour was in reference to the interior and not exterior of the mosque - I had navigated around it some half dozen times without considering the significance of the decor, rather than the facade. The other error of the day came in the way of failing to locate the entrance to the Grand Bazaar - adamant that the use of the word 'Grand' would make it a somewhat significant landmark and quite easily found I chalked it up to being an incompetent tourist
As always food remains a chief focus - pides, kebabs and all manner of sweets Turkish have been guzzled and yet await to be eaten. Much beer was consumed in the hostel, wıth a most entertaining argument (that I perhaps started) titled "Australia has the greatest psyche-up music ever" enjoyed by all. The group came to the consensus that the British do not have one song that could rouse the spirits beyond the level of 'comatose'; they were stoic in defeat and unperturbed by their lack of adrenaline-inducing tunes.
Some technical difficalties prevent the uploading of photos - hopefully to be resolved soon. Tomorrow sees a continued challenge to have the following conversation:
"Man, I love Turkish bread"
"Actually here we just call it bread"