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... and he just starts snatching money out of my hands, he full hustles me. I just want to get out of the cab so I get out and he takes off turns out he took an extra 30 from me and as we checked gps realise we are nearly 3k from our hotel, this guy was just some random sketchy dude trying to scam foreigners we figure. So what do we do? Bar hop it back to the hotel, pub to pub we go sinking multiple beers and cocktails, stopping at this one especially sick ...
... the cruise ship so we have checked where we have to go tomorrow, 15 minute walk.
Had dinner under the Galata Bridge tonight in one of the restaurants, naturally everyone ordered fish. Looking forward to walking around the City when we return from our cruise as we did a quick scoot in the Spice Market tonight.
Internet is very expensive on the ship so we won't be using it. Return home late on the 26th, guess the next ten days are going to fly.
... Sea. Really fascinating seeing all the various vessels that charge through the two sides of Istanbul - the European side and the Asian side. It is an international waterway but is under Turkish jurisdiction, so the vessels must follow the Turkish timetable etc. At prayer times there was a cacophony of singing that met us across the water from both sides. That was joined by the deep fog horn sounds from the huge tankers ...
The trip to Istanbul was fast, hot and fantastic. I had around a day in total here, and I look forward to hopefully returning one day.
Unlike the European countries that have an elegant and calm feel, Istanbul had this crazy hot mess feel happening. There was an exact mix of east meets west, ancient meets 21st century. It was fantastic!
Scattered throughout the bubbling streets and major buildings where ancient ...
... to Sultanhamet easy enough. I ended up right outside Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. It would have been a stunning sight if it hadn’t been ******* down with rain. Ah well.
I avoided the protest/demonstration that was going on in the streets. I think it was something about Egypt because I saw a lot of Egyptian flags, but I wasn’t going to take my chances by going through the middle ...