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... is fitting for my time spent here in Istanbul.
Between being completely overwhelmed the instant I arrived, the nasty weather (cold, wet, windy), and the massive amount of other tourists all trying to get out of said weather, my visit to Istanbul has left me less than amused. Here's what I saw and the impression I was left with:
Sisli: I stayed in Sisli between Taksim Square and Osmanbey Square through airbnb. I never made it to Taksim Square (or ...
... that I was dazzled. My taboos were clarified and what came before as ideas ready, full of unwarranted connections between Islam, terrorism, violence, war, sexism, submission, today I see solidarity, faith, discipline, protection, care, cleaning, worship, prosperity and above LOVE everything. I could see, feel and live. I'm feel emotion to hear five times a day mosque’s sound of the call to time of prayer. No, I didn’t become Muslim (yet), but today ...
... thought we'd try one more before resorting to plan B which involved superglue, rubber gloves and a two day wait. We found ourselves in a waiting room just below the Aya Sofia, and before long Cam was in the dental chair getting new front tooth for a mere 55AUD. It looked perfect! Our friend Kylie arrived that evening, she jumped out of the van with a flourish, gave her red faced driver a hug and off we went to dinner. Her blonde hair and tall figure gave the Turkish men ...
After a blissful nights sleep we had breakfast and went to a carper making factory - of course it was a HARD SELL and really a total waste of time as I think most people would rather have slept in..... Anyway, after that we went to Troy and saw the wooden horse and walked around the ruins. Then back on the coach for a stop at supermarket - unfortunately a couple of guys were late getting back to coach and we missed 12 o'clock ferry to Gallipoli - ...
... curse yourself), we went to Rumelihisarı, quite a bit up the west bank of the Bosphorus (on the European side, that is to say) where Sultan Mehmed II camped out in the mid 1400s as he was trying to conquer Constantinople. Its location on the Bosphorus was in hopes that they could stop all trade traffic attempting to get to the city itself (just south of the fortress). There isn't much to see or learn per se--just the old fortress ...