Palace of the Ottoman Sultans
Trip Start Jun 19, 2011
20Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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I spent what little time I had left eating at a cafe overlooking the Sea of Marmara at the palace, trying to soak in my surroundings, and then "sunbathing" in the park in between the Aya Sofya and Blue Mosque
Dennis and I met in the evening and had dinner with a few of the Turkish scientists - they took us to a kebap place where only the locals go - very tasty!!! (It's not at all like the Americanized kebaps). These come with fresh vegetables that you can add to your kebab yourself. I love the pickled red onions and parsley the best...and of course, the hot red pepper sauce! Mmm!
At around midnight, we (along with Aysen) left by bus to central Anatolia (The Asian part of Turkey). Planes, trains...and now bus! At this bus stop, I was horrified to discover that the bathrooms consisted of only what I now call "Indian squat toilets". No!! Dennis and I were forced to use one here, and it wasn't pretty. It was quite the challenge having to strategically change clothes in the stall without letting anything touch the disgustingly wet floors. Makes me shiver just recalling it. The overnight bus will take us to our next stop - Corum - where we will do some fieldwork.