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To really know another culture is necessary to strip of all your pre concepts. Otherwise, everything you encounter along the way about what unknowingly, you formed a certain opinion, is just another way to enhance the view you already had for what should be new. Sounds complicated, but it is not. My learning about Islam began on the first day of my journey in Nairobi / Kenya. At that moment my feeling was only a great curiosity, and has been for the 8 African countries. But ...
... our rescue. I guess he saw the dazed look in our eyes. He works for the transit, so he dropped his friends at a restaurant and shepherded us to the correct bus. We were grateful!! Now to get off at the correct stop. Tonight, we are lucky to have a young family getting off at our stop, so they made sure we got off at the correct stop.
Once in the neighborhood, we found our house! We were pleased to have successfully navigated Istanbul!
... wanting to offend, we try not to make eye contact and scoot across to the other side. We sit at a pop-up tea café with the locals; it’s nothing more than plastic stools and tiny tables but it looks over the water and we watch the ferries going back and forth as the sun sets. For AU$2 all up, we have the best view in town.
As I type, a man is singing. I don’t think it is a call to prayer, but it is amplified and we can hear him very clearly from our little ...
Our overnight bus journey from Plovdiv to Istanbul was punctuated through the night by border guards, passport inspection and security. Off the bus at the exit to Bulgaria and line up for Bulgarian passport inspection. Back on the bus, drive 200 metres down the road and the Turkish inspectors came on board. A civilised country we think, as we nod sleepily in our very comfy roomy bus seats, with individual TV screens and intermittent wifi. 15 minutes later we get ...
... wanted to do was shower, eat, and sleep. Our tour guide Özgur could see that most of us wanted that when we landed
Özgur is native to Turkey and speaks English rather well. He found us our bus and began to give us some history of Istanbul once we were on it. Özgur told us how the Ottoman Turks took over the Byzantine Empire and how the Turks came from central Asia but were nomadic until the finally settled. Along with that, Özgur began to tell us a few useful ...