Locals smoked, ate, and drank raki like it was going out of business. There was a slight fog only cleared by the cool wet air that blew in at every open of the front door. The sounds of Turkish tongues clacked quickly in excited chatter. And there we were — the awkward foreigners trying hard to be at ease as we knew...
To be honest, I was surprised I’d like Turkey so much. I think as soon as we left Istanbul, Turkish culture became real to me. I always feel that big cities are too worldly – there are generally too many cultures in one place, and too exposed to outside influences, not to mention too big and fast – to truly understand a country’s overall culture.
Our first taxi driver from the airport to Bahaus Hostel shocked us, but in a good way. His care at every turn along with controlled speed made the trip on Easter Sunday morning — in completely desolate roads — something on par with sightseeing. Perhaps for a minute I thought Turkey had learned to drive in the few months since my departure in October.
When you travel in a country that is well-known for bad driving -- notorious for it even -- you might start to worry as soon as your taxi driver decides to answer his phone while driving at 80mph. Turkey is one of the most dangerous driving countries in the world. Here are my experiences from just 4 days in Istanbul.
Is there something you do on your travels that gives you no shame but might be shamed in some parts of the travel community? You can read about my specific travel love that I don't hesitate to share inside!
The Aya Sofia is one of Istanbul's most prominent attractions. I had no idea, however, that it would be so big... or so awe-inspiring. Rather than try to fill this page with a huge list of cliches and overused expressions, I figured I'd let the images do the talking for me. Enjoy!
I typically enjoy a good hostel stay, especially as a solo traveler. However, after meeting up with Beth and Randy of Beersandbeans.com, I was happy to get the chance to spend the night in a Roomorama apartment in Istanbul. Read on to find out why it was so special!
Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I am very far from being openly affectionate — with friends and with family. I hate, with a passion, the Australian way of greeting with cheek-kissing, even people you barely know. I hate it.
Even though I’ve come to accept it and therefore embrace hugging random friends on a regular basis… Read more
I bought the Istanbul section of the Turkey Lonely Planet, and have yet to look at it. I booked a hostel for the first night in the city, and I have no idea how to get there. I know when my flights will be landing; I know when they should be departing.
Turkey has been a country on my to-do list for years… pretty much since I started thinking about travel. Even though it wasn’t on the list of 10 countries I want to hit before I hit 30 list, I’m thinking now that list should be modified to include Turkey because a) it’s awesome, b) I don’t I want to… Read more