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Istanbul – what a fascinating city. We had no idea really what to expect, other than what we had heard or read about this diverse, over-populated city where East meets West. However, our first impressions were of a very cosmopolitan and vibrant city, and so far, not the wall-to-wall people I had feared.
We said goodbye to Pete and Ailsa this morning, and it was sad to see them on their way. We've all had so much fun together during the last ...
... upside of our delay was that it allowed me to get over motion sickness and a migraine that I suffered from on our long flight. We also arrived in Istanbul to a fairly quiet airport and very little traffic on the way to the hotel. We had heard that the airport was quite chaotic and the traffic horrific, so that was a pleasant surprise. Although it was after midnight, there were still many families and friends hanging out in the parks and streets. Our hotel is very nice and ...
... in one piece. Families each had a little coal/Rock cooker sizzling and waiting for sunset to eat. Triple parking on gutters. Roads closed. One couple had to be met in a side street by the porter as streets closed! In the chaos of arriving and checking in I fell for best con ever and got courtesy car to restaurant that may break the Turkish budget but then again I have only bought a coffee today as travelling and airline 'food'. Will have to be Cheap food ...
... distress. A quick sprint and I was at the gate a full minute before the scheduled closing time where, as is always the case in these situations, boarding had been delayed and gates hadn't even opened yet.
Well, at least I got some exercise.
I wondered on the flight why I'd been interrogated more than anyone else I observed, both at the airport and when I'd first entered the country. I think it's because I'm a solo traveller, and therefore far more likely ...
Sleep was at a premium between coolness and warmth, not getting comfortable [notwithstanding a flat bed] and from somewhere a stuffed nose. A developing headache did not help but it cleared.
The brekkie fruit plate, yogurt, muffin, OJ and black coffee were fine. Should have passed on the omelet as too much.
At gate 218 before 0930 IST time with roughly 12H to consider. Bearing in mind chiefly fatigue and the prospect of touring at roughly 0300 on the body ...
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