Can and Cem (pronounced Jon and Gem)

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I had lined up a Couch with Can to stay for the next two nights and the plan via email was for him to meet me at the Metro bus office in Taksim when I arrived. I intended to call him when I was on my way, but just my luck, the way the Turkish mobile phone system works foreign phones have a limit of 15 days before the registered number expires. So even though I had credit left on my card, the sim card locks up and I'm unable to make or receive calls. I would’ve been better off not registering the phone until 24 hours before returning to Istanbul since I wasn’t making any calls while floating at sea but who knew. Luckily in Taksim there is no shortage of internet cafes. I was able to reach trusty Erin who had been kind enough to house my additional luggage over the last two weeks. Conveniently I swung by her hotel, chatted with her briefly and then Can met me there and we made a day of visiting the Dolmabache Palace.

Can, a 25 year old business student was a good sport today. He waited an hour in line with me at the Dolmabache Palace and another hour inside on the tour. By 2:00PM my feet had failed me and it was time for a nap. Although I specifically asked Can if he lived in Taksim and he said yes, I was a little disappointed to learn that he currently stays with his brother in Bakikoy. Bakikoy, although a nice suburb, is a 35-40 minute drive to the center and only accessible via a taxi or dolmus. I quickly learned about the "special taxi" which cost 20TL to any point in Istanbul.

Can had another friend from Germany (Martin McFly) in town for a conference so that evening, we all met up for dinner and drinks. Martin had a particular place he frequents whenever he comes to Istanbul and now I know why. Libiderya sits overlooking the Bosphorous with the Hagia Sofia in the distance and where they make fresh cocktails. I had the guys impressed when I created the Stacey Spa drink made with vodka, basil, cucumber, lemon juice and simple syrup. The best part was my hand gestures as I explained the muddle action shake and strain process into a martini style glass. Needless to say I had the guys ordering one of their own by the time I was done.

The night was still young, we eventually made our way to Tophane area to smoke shisha and play backgammon. I felt like I was back in Egypt.
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Christopher Cass on

What an adventure. I'm envious of you and very happy to read your blogs. When will you be back? I'm in NYC till the end of the month. I've been doing Henry V in the park - having a blast. But, no bike :(... Can't wait to get home - a new kitty awaits. Keep up the blogging - safe travels and best of luck!
Always, Bro

Maritere on

Amigaaaa!!! I'm sooo excited to see you do this. Because I couldn't. I am very proud of u for being so brave and travel to all of these countries by yourself. Way to go! Te extraño linda. I'll join you when in France, Italy, England,Spain. Although I think you went to some of these already. Te envio un besote y cuidate mucho. Be safe. Te quiero.

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