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Thursday July 17 2014
*We are having our challenges – already! It is hard coping without a Turkish speaker at hand to translate medical issues - SG'S French, German & Chinese are of no use at all. And we are discovering that English is not spoken as widely as expected.
*We get up early for AG’S 7 a.m..injection. Fortunately at that time of day the hospital is quiet and we are seen immediately. We ...
... the stone gate told us to watch out for our outside rear view mirrors. We should be used to that.
When Tom-Tom announced that we had "reached our destination", we continued on foot up more narrow roads in search of our hotel. It took us a good 45 minutes to finally find the place, up and over the hill, then down 2 flights of stairs. We managed to get the car to a parking spot at the top of the stairs.
... at this point, a man came along from the opposite direction and attempted to get our car out of the snow for us, but it was no use as we were basically in a blizzard at this point. Izdem called up the car company to shout at them for not giving us winter tires but they said it wasn't their problem and just told us to use the snow chains that were in the boot of the car. We had no idea how to put snow chains, so the man who was still with us, who's name was Ali, called one ...
Its 2230hrs and as I start to write this blog the wailing music from the loud speaker starts to call the people to prayer..It is quite haunting.
Last night in Istanbul, Gayle and I wandered down to the waterfront and sat with the locals for dinner. They have three boats which are permanently docked at the dock and they just have big BBQ's on them and the cook the local fish and slap it on a bun with lettuce ...
... I've never eat another food for now when I go there but if you are vegan or just don't eat fish; they, of course, have lots of different meals).
After the meal, they serve you yoghurt with honey and nut. I love it too but not a thing that everybody likes. If you eat yoghurt after you eat "stale fish" you get sick. So restauranst there, actually serve it because they mean, "our fish is fresh, you can eat yoghurt with easy ...