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... everywhere along the banks. In addition to castles, or summer homes for aristocrats, we saw some homes worth millions along the river. Nothing terribly fancy, but because of the location a normal looking American sized house is worth $10 million. Eventually it started POURING rain so we had to huddle in the middle of the boat. The fisherman along the banks just donned rain suits and kept right on fishing, for Whiting, Trout and Sea Bass (because ...
... and had been sentenced to the thousands years of hard labor before being summarily killed. There were no references to Stalin, or Russia, or anything connected to Russia. In fact, since Russians continue to make up over forty percent of the population, Qazaqstan enjoys extremely close relations with Russia, and there is enthusiastic talk of an upcoming union of Russia, Belarus, and Qazaqstan.
But the relationship ...
... the Grand Bazaar.
We ended the day with a Bosphorus Dinner Cruise which was organized by the Turkish scientist group hosting the conference that Dennis is attending. The boat was large enough to fit the 100 guests. We set off before sunset (around 7:15pm). We were served wine, raki (Turkish liquor with an anise flavor), & appetizers. It was such a wonderful...beautiful experience! To be able to see Istanbul from the water at ...
... guided tour started which was very interesting and we headed to the Blue Mosque. We hadn’t been to a Muslim country yet. And despite what the media makes them out to be they are all very friendly people. They have very strict views on things but that is just the way they are and you have to respect that.
The Blue Mosque is mindblowing. Just massive. It was built from 1609 to 1616 for ...
... popped up everywhere, trying to make a few lire with their cheap plastic umbrellas. I drank a weak coffee at a bookshop swarming with people (the Turkish make beautiful Turkish coffee, but have lost the touch when it comes to the regular stuff). I found a little hole in the wall serving some sort of noodle cheesy thing which the worker pointed to and said, “Lasagna.” Sure, why not? Then I was craving waffles. Waffle shops are everywhere in the New Town. Everywhere. So ...
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