Who wears short shorts?

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Left Istanbul today, but before I left I checked out the areas not sanýtýzed for the tourýst.  Not quite the same views once I left Sultanameht.  Took a hidrofoil over to Yalova, then a bus 60 km to Bursa.  On the bus talked to a younger gal whose family then gave me a ride into central Bursa.  She is going to Hungary to go to dental school, at the behest of her dad, who also happens to be a dentýst.  The guy next to me did not speak english but showed me a picture in the local rag of Bush dressed in Russian garb holding a toy missile and Cheney in the Dr. Evil pinky pose.  The driving in the city is a little different, watch out kids!

Walking around town, noticed I was the only one wearing shorts.  Actually, did see one other guy in shorts and he appeared a little light in the loafers.  Ignoring the catcalls from local teens I beelined to the nearest hotel, went out looking for dinner with a pair of pants and reacquired manhood.  Found a local spot serving Iftar (meal that breaks the fast) and sat down with a stranger.  I have been fasting as well, although mine has less to do with strict religious observance, and more with me religiously observing the contents of my wallet.  Excellent meal and a good break from the ubiquitous kebap.  No english spoken between us, or anyone else for that matter.  Met one guy who spoke english well, "Would you like a carpet?"  "No hablo ingles."

Getting a few looks here.  City is roughly one million, literally have not seen another non-Turk.  Everyone still accommodating though.  Going to check out the mountains tomorrow, where they ski in the winter.
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