Planning, planning, planning!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I was really stressed out today.  I had to make a reservation for thomorrow's fancy Galata Tower dinner, buy overnight bus tickets for Friday, and attempt to finish my history final paper.  The people I hang out with are not go-getters or big event planners, nor are they that decisive, so it is a big headache having to find an event, wrangle everyone, make reservations, and get everyone to go on time, etc.  It is a huge headache.  And since Laura and I are going to Cappadocia this weekend, we really needed today to work on the papers.  But no!  We could not use the fax machine in the dorm, so we had to search for a place with a fax machine.  We tried to fax the reservation form at Kodak Express, but the guy told us it did not go through and that we should physically go to the travel agency.  So we went all the way to Sultanahmet, searching grumpily for this place and being sent in all directions by Turkish people who speak minimal English.  Finally, we were greeted by a kind travel agent lady who told us that she had already received our fax!  Okay... Laura swiped a ridiculous amount of money on her credit card to pay for the 6 of us- I couldn't do it because that would be beyond maxing out my credit card.  Then we went to a travel agency near the tramvay to get the bus tickets. 

After 3 hours of such, we were back in the dorm, totally not motivated to write the papers.  I went over to our Turkish friends' room to ask about the futball match next week.  One of them said he can get tickets for us.  I am sooo thrilled to go to a real game!  Laura and I figured we are too tired to go out to karaoke with our friends, so we decided to just go watch tonight's game (Turkey vs. Hungary).  Hasan told us that his team's colors were blue and yellow, so we showed up wearing blue dresses... then we saw that the team's colors were definitely BLACK and yellow.  Hasan obviously doesn't know his colors... he argued that it was navy blue, so whatever.  When we went over around 8:30pm, they were dressed up all nicely in button-down shirts and gelled hair, which put Laura and me into a panic mode.  I thought we were going to a pub! Why are they dressed so nicely!?  In the month I have known them, I haven't seen them in anything but t-shirts and athletic shorts.  Once we got to Balik Pazar in Taksim, they blended right in.  I forgot that that is the way Turkish men dress: striped button down shirts with rolled up sleeves, jeans, and greasy hair.  Anyway, we had fun just watching the Turkish club team destroy the Hungarian team 5-0.  The Hungarians couldn't have minded too much since the stadium looked 3/4 empty.  I recognized some of the players from Euro 2008!  Especially Volkan the goalkeeper!  I am really excited about tomorrow and on- so many events, so much things to do.  Yay!
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Noella2 on

Football is such a uniting game, its an event liked all over the world!

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