this is Nics travel blog: Self Fulfilling Prophecy.
here i plan on posting updates, rants, raves and other general information and tidbits associated with my travels
Thursday, 26 April 2007
And I think it’s gonna be a long long time Till touch down brings me round again to find I’m not the man they think I am at home Oh no no no I’m a rocketman Elton John, Rocketman
oh im stuffed. right now im running on about 5 hrs sleep since early morning of the 24th... LOVED Istanbul though, and ANZAC day service was unforgettable (and freeezing!). more on that later
so i flew in and met up with Jo (mate from home, smack bang in the middle of doing 3 months thru europe) at the hostel we had booked. that was after me and two other aussie blokes i met at the airport had spent a good 3 hours or so looking for the damn place! oh man, everyone we asked gave us different directions, at one stage we were driven round in a taxi for prolly 20mins and dropped off nowhere near it, and worst of all i later worked out we walked RIGHT PAST the damn place 30mins into it all! that was mainly due to the fact that we had been told that it was just up and around this corner, so we thought we'd get a few beers to have once we got there. unfortunately, we walked past the hostel as we were focusing on the store a few doors up that sold beer... serves us right i spose. At least it meant we had some freezing cold beverages to sip while we trapsed round the also freezing cold streets of Istanbul at 12oclock at night...
the hostel was great though. we managed to score beds in the best dorm in the place. top floor with a narrow balcony overlooking the city of Istanbul, superdoubleplus fantastic! so as jo and i were returning to the hostel after being out seeing things during the day, we recruited anyone and everyone we saw to come up and have beers with us on the balcony, with bonus points if we managed to find someone with ipod speakers! so that was fun.
first day we did most of the touristy things, we saw the breathtaking Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, bought a heap of turkish delight at the huge spice market, and wandered through the even bigger Grand Bazaar. next few days we kinda explored the city and stumbled upon heaps of cool places including a really cool market down through a bunch of back alleys and an amazing shopping area thingy where i bought 2 hoodies, jeans and 2 shirts for the equivalent of like $70AU (so im pretty sorted for london weather now!)
oh and kebabs! i think i averaged at least 2 a day! all of varying quality, usually proportional to their price - i had a few ordinary 1TKL (pretty much $1AU) ones, but they were mostly good. had some mouth-wateringly delicious bbq lamb shish-kebabs too mmmmm
we of course went to the ANZAC day dawn service but this post is long enough so i'l put up a new post about that in the next few days.
posted 11:21 pm
Your photography is really getting adventurously artistic Nic. Blue Mosque looks wonderful. Thought of you on Anzac Day. Catherine
i've decided that now is the time for me to make my first overseas endeavor, and so i am doing a bit of traveling, doing a bit of working, and mostly just doing a bit of everything.
so i leave (or have already left!) Sydney on March 3 for numerous overseas locations: some already planned, many not.
wish me luck!
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