...not Constantinople

Trip Start Jun 27, 2005
Trip End Sep 22, 2005

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

well, hello everyone,

I'm in Istanbul at the moment, been here for almost a week and i still havent seen the whole city. Partly because its massive (i think 15 million people) and partly because ive been hiding in an internet cafe working on that damned research paper. but i finished last night and i am officially free of all responsibilities...but only until i go back to university in 2 weeks...blah.

anyway, last tim i updated, I was in Olympos, which was a really mellow place. I basically sat on the beach or in one of those Turkish gazebo type deals with all the pillows and did nothing all day. I played Backgammon and smoked nagila and drank beers and...ah, what a life.

The next stop was Capadoccia, this region full of strange natural rock formations and hostels, resteraunts, etc. built into caves. It was really just spectacular...completely surreal. The place looked like that scene in star wars (one of the newer ones...i dont know which) where the kid is racing in those pods through all those crazy canyons...anyway, i'll have to upload some pictures when i get home..its amazing.

After Capadoccia, we headed to Istanbul and I've been here ever since. My aussie girls left me here a few days ago to go work in london (sad), and then i spent the next few days churning out a 20 oage paper (boring).

Istanbul is a pretty cool city, but its a bit big and certainly a bit too pushy for my tastes. I am staying just down the road from the Blue Mosque and every morning (and then 4 other times throughout the day) I hear the loadspeakers belt out that strange call to prayer...its an eerie song...I quite like it actually...

The Grand Bazaar is pretty wild. As you walk through the massive (and I mean massive) Labrynth, pushy salesmen from the shop stalls try to guess where you are from so they can chat you up in your own language. Its pretty impressive, really. These guys (and some are young kids too) can hit you with sales pitches in just about any language. I often get harassed in Spanish and Itallian before English.

Its an interesting place, but I dont think I could stay here much longer. The locals I talk to all either assume I am gay because of my earings, etc.(they are very blunt, and this gets old very quickly), or they harass me about my two girlfriends (my aussie girls)and try to trade me for their Turkish girlfriends...its a strange place indeed.

All in all, Turkey has been awesome. I didnt come here with any real expectations, but this country has certainly impressed me. It is beautiful and diverse and for the most part, the people are genuinly friendly and giving.

right, well, i should get going. My next stop is Sofia, Bulgaria, and then, who knows...

until then..
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olane on

Global souls.
I'm in Taveuni, Fiji. How crazy is that and you are in Istanbul and it's already yesterday here and I get a second to check in and I can't express how grateful I am to know you! We have so much to learn my dear and I can't believe everyday we're inching closer to doing so! Happy Trails love!

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