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... downside is the dualing calls to prayer from the two mosques! We are sacrificing two hours sleep in the morning when the chant wakes us at 5.30! But mostly I am sacrificing my body to the many interesting, varied and exotic food experiences! Michel organised a walking cultural food tour for us...It was a full day and taken by a vibrant and enthusiastic guide by the name of Gonja...when she met us and said "you look hungry" we knew we were ...
... in bali everyone is trying to sell you over priced ****. we are given just over an hour to wander around Juls, John and I head out together. We do very well and haggling the prices and score some pretty cool stuff. There were a few people that triggered warning flags for me but otherwise we had an incident free experience unlike poor Kelsey and Rich who got locked in a back room and yelled at I don't know what I would have done in that ...
... had a quick lunch in the street and lined up to go to the basicillar cistern – an underground cavern with water and many columns. The line was long and it was hot outside. Once inside however it was nice and cool. There was a path wandering around the area and all the columns were very different as when this place was
built they used recycled columns from a variety of sources.
I made it to the end and came to the surface ...
Today we crossed the bridge over to the Euro side to visit the Blue Mosque (a.k.a. Sultanahmet Camii). This mosque is even bigger than the one we saw yesterday. It is across the Hagia Sofia sharing a massive public square. There are a cluster of benches for people to sit on and several carts selling small snacks/sweets.
The mosque itself was PACKED. There was a long line up for those entering to pray. The ...
... belly dancer who was super good. There were also some very traditional ones with lots of jumping, stomping, spinning in circles, and hip movements. The woman belly dancer was phenomenal and moved her body with perfect time to the music in very precise isolated movements. There was also a belly dancer that danced in the dark with an outfit that glowed under a black light. The music was also very interesting with accordion and some other traditional instruments that I don't know the name ...