Istanbul, day 1

A very early start to a very long day. Strolled over the hill to the airport bus, saying a last farewell to a slightly damp looking Edinburgh. Met Es and Clare at the airport, as their morning transport had taken far less time than they’d expected due to a pessimistic estimate from the taxi company. We flew British Airways to Heathrow then on to Istanbul, and I experienced a kind of gross looking and smelling airline food I thought had was long gone. All those years of flying Air New Zealand has spoilt me.

Istanbul, day 1

Many hours and a little time travel later, we got to the hostel without issue late afternoon and met up with Bex and Lizzie. Much excitement! The hostel is in an amazing old area, surrounded by great old stuff, markets, and food. And lots of people. And around the corner from the Blue Mosque!

Istanbul, day 1

Istanbul, day 1

Istanbul, day 1

Some scouting done, we grabbed our first meal, mostly kebaps. Two lasting lessons were learnt. Firstly, Turkish food seems to be largely absent of any kind of sauce, unless you get dip separately. So it’s pretty dry. And secondly, they love their bread – and so do I. It’s so good! The giant zeppelin shaped thin stuff you always get, while fun to look at, isn’t so fantastic, but all the other breads are amazing.

Istanbul, day 1

Istanbul, day 1

We headed around the corner to sit outside on the ground at a place after dinner, and the other big Turkish hit was discovered – apple tea is AMAZING! Sweet hot syrupy goodness in tiny glasses. Sitting outside on cushions sipping apple tea, shisha-ing, laughing in the heat as the light fades. I love it.

From August 20, 2010.

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