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Yerebatan Sarnıcı, Istanbul

Finding Peace Underground at the Basilica Cistern

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Needless to say, my relationship with Istanbul is not going well. It is very cold and rainy; something I didn’t prepare for. This morning when I woke up and looked out the window, I knew that it was not going to be a good sightseeing day. Looking for options that were inside, rather than out, I took the opportunity to visit…

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Istanbul & the Tout Experience Part Two

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Walking around here, I feel like I always have to keep my guard up. It’s been hard for me to get any hardcore sightseeing done. Everywhere I go, I am talked at by some random man, be it a tout, shop owner or restaurant promoter. On the first few occasions, I stopped to talk to a few of these random men…

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Istanbul Blue Mosque Interior

Istanbul & the Tout Experience

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Breakfast this morning at the hotel was pretty good, but for me, it’s hard to eat such rich food so early. The spread included bread with jam, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, black olives, yogurt, sigara böreği (fried dough with cheese inside that are rolled up and resemble mini cigars), fruit and Nescafe, a poor substitute for real coffee. Unfortunately,…

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