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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Today I'm leaving for a week-long trip to Istanbul. As many of you know, I lived in Istanbul for three years in the mid-90s; I last visited in 2000. In the last decade, Istanbul has experienced intense change. When I left, the population was about 9 million - now it is almost 15 million. Metro and light ...
... left. This area of Istanbul is characterized by small narrow streets, aforementioned hills and lots of shops- trade is definitely still a big thing for this city. There are also men (I didn't see any women) who run between the shops delivering small cups of tea until the call to prayer sounds and everyone disappears off the streets. I then wandered into the Suleymaniye Mosque via the University of Istanbul. The mosque itself was absolutely huge ...
Wanted to do the Tophane Art Walk but couldn't find any of the galleries on the main strip. Didn't feel comfortable wandering the side streets because people kept staring at me ... So I splurged and went to Istanbul Modern for 15 TL. When they say "modern," it's not in the sense that we understand it in North American art history. It's more so "contemporary," and the exhibits feature artists from across the Middle East, which is a neat change from what's shown in Canada. This is art ...
... to sell everything from Mach3 razor blades to socks. They all called out to us to tell us what we needed. Cart vendors were everywhere, and they sold roasted ears of corn and roasted chestnuts. We didn't try the former because it looked like field corn, but we tried the latter, and we weren't impressed. A 12-year-old was pushing packs of cigarettes, and men approached Lisa and me several times trying to sell us designer perfume. Closer to the Galata Bridge, different ...
... to the bathroom to figure it out.
When I came out everyone was filtering down the stairs and I was told the police were throwing tear gas all over the square and it was getting in the open windows so we had to evacuate the club.The hostel leaders corralled us outside and I bought a sandwich, almost getting knocked over by riot police rushing to the square in the process. We then went back to Beats. Some of the locals gave us gas masks so we ...
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