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Having decided to skip Troy/Gallipoli and head straight to Istanbul to round off our Turkish chapter, we lost no time in boarding a daytime bus from Selcuk (enroute from Didyma) heading north to Turkey's premier destination. It was dark by the time we crossed Bursa and reached the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul lay just a short distance across the sea but the land route would take us significantly eastward before bending back westward. We were surprised when the bus left the ...
... prepare me for Türkmenistan.
I joined two friends and went to cross the border early in the morning. One guard told us in Russian and in Özbek that the “price” to cross the border was 10,000 söms. We decided not to pay him this 3-dollar bribe, and waited for a higher official to arrive. Knowing that the border must never see tourists, we weren’t sure what to expect. An official did arrive. He was from ...
... with one open area throughout, carpeted and facing Mecca. The walls and ceiling are tiled or painted in blue patterns, and the several domes all blend into one another, disguising the columns and supporting structures that keep the whole thing up! Then there are the four main supporting columns, referred to as the "elephants feet" - gigantic stone fluted columns of several meters diameter. It really is breathtaking.
We joined up with our group of ...
... we never anticipated getting to see. When we got back to Istanbul we grabbed some dinner and headed back to our hostel, it was a long day and we had a 5:30am shuttle to the airport. Our next destination and our last destination was Antalya, a Turkish city along the Mediterranean Sea.
Istanbul was a really different experience from the other European countries we have been travelling to. The calls to prayer 5 times a day echoed through the city, the ...
... dictionary. Oh, this is going to be fun. “What is it?” They show me the Turkish word for singing. Sigh. They show me the Turkish word for prayer, then praise. Ok, that’s closer, though still not what I wanted. I accepted that answer, though, seeing how painful it was, and promised myself I would use that wonderful thing called the internet to find the translation. Now that this English-Turkish dictionary was out, a whole world opened up to my waiter, or so ...
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