First Day in Istanbul

The first day in Istanbul isn’t over quite yet, but we accomplished a lot today: we can check the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Basilica Cistern, and the Spice Market off our list.  Pictures to come eventually … I need to wait for my travel buddies to post them so I can steal them.  It’s been a pretty stark contrast to go from Ordu, where we were the only Americans in town and nobody spoke English, to Istanbul (especially where we are staying) where there are nothing but tourists and everybody speaks English.

Interesting tidbit … last night, while we were eating dinner, there were more protests in Taksim square.  We are a good distance away, but, because we were downwind of the protests, some of the tear gas wafted our way, and our respiratory systems started to burn a little bit.  Very minor, but enough that it was noticeable.  Interesting time to be here …


2 thoughts on “First Day in Istanbul

  1. I had a similar experience when doing a sweat lodge to a lesser scale. There was mud in the water so we were inhaling muddy steam into our lungs. Embrace it.

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