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Happy landings in Istanbul

I'm still trying to catch up on sleep, however seem to have hit it OK with my hotel accommodation and with landing in Istanbul city. At first I was a bit wary of those taxi drivers at the airport, but managed to get a taxi for 40 lire, which when translated into UAE dirhams looked like a fair deal to me. Particularly when I realized how far my Hotel is from the airport. Driving in at 9:00 a.m. in the morning traffic was OK, normal compared with Dubai's bumper to bumper congested traffic of the same time. My immediate thoughts were I'd easily be able to drive in this city until I got to my area in Sultanahmed, obviously in a very old area of Istanbul consisting of meandering narrow streets where cars literally inch from one another when they are passing one another in opposite directions. Parking reminds me of Rome and those little Fiats parking literally bumper to bumper in the streets.

Hotel is fine and Wifi excellent. I'm really glad I've got a good proxy too. Was very lucky as the Hotel provided me with a room immediately, and was able to get some much needed zssss before taking my first walk around the area.

I didn't come too prepared knowledge wise as objective with travels here is more just to experience Turkey than to to become an expert on all of the sights. So far I'm very impressed. Things are relaxed here, at the same time people are working at a fast pace. I find it easy to blend in even with being unable to speak Turkish. Communication is not always the best, but I'm not focused on the best. I'll probably go search for one of those bus tours just to get a big eye view, and then do some of the details myself.

OK time to go out and do some more walking.

3 blog comments below

Try some foods and the tea on my behalf! I'm believe the most amazing thing in the world is the food you can experience in different places. My goal right now is to live abroad, but I wouldn't mind traveling a lot before it! Very Happy
Vanilla on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:03 pm
Glad your trip is off to a good start, Dean!
standready on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:04 am
Thanks guys. Am having a good time and am more than comfortable in my hotel room as well. Just passed out tonight when I got home and when I woke in early morning hours at 3:00 a.m. didn't have a clue where I was.

@Vanilla. I agree with the food aspect of things. Last night when I was really hungry, tried turkish fare and the chicken I had was great. They are into Ramadan here, but in contrast with the UAE they do allow tourists to eat and drink during the day in the open. The real fun eating wise does start at Ifthar at around 9:00 p.m. though, which I missed tonight. So may try it out tonight. I'm eyeing Suleiman's soup - which is all vegetable.
deanhills on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:09 am

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