Day 14: Chai at last

Day 14: Chai at last

I woke up this morning, did fajr and realized that it was 5:50 and my shuttle comes at 6:00. For those who know me… missing my flights or being ultra-late to the airport comes as no surprise, especially because i was missing most my flights on the way here to Turkey. I got all my stuff together and ran to the van… entered about 6:05. There were 4 Americans in there with me. They were couples on their way back home… looked about 27-30. As we were about to pull out, the hotel guy ran up to the car and started saying you used the mini-bar and didn’t pay. Shoot! I have no money. Well barely any money. So I pulled out whatever I had… ran to the hotel… got charged… ran back. Now it was 6:13. The shuttle is 13 minutes late cause of me. The drive to the...

Day 13: The Imperfect Ending

Day 13: The Imperfect Ending

The last day. I grabbed a bus from the otogart to goto Eyup. I had to wait forever and didn’t even know which bus to take. Everyone kept giving me different numbers so I didn’t know which bus to take. When the bus finally arrived, I found out I had to buy a ticket which 5-6 random people were selling. I thought they were selling lottery tickets or something, I had no idea they were for th ebus. It was just random people! Apparently what happens over there is regular folks like you and I purchase bus tickets wholesale. They then turnaround and resell it to others at a fixed cost. Some get smart and open up drink/snack stands and sell both at the same time. When I arrived at Eyup, it was obvious that this was the religious portion of Istanbul. Everyone had a...

Day 12: Finally! The Blue Mosque!

Day 12: Finally! The Blue Mosque!

I met some more Germans over breakfast. I’m getting tired of this same breakfast. I don’t understand why there is no toast. I should have asked someone, and I don’t know why I didn’t. Can’t I have something hot other than tea? Would it hurt them to get a toaster? Time for long-awaited and ever elusive Blue Mosque and it was spectacular. I can’t describe it in words because it would take too many, so instead I’ll show you in pictures. Every inch of the mosque is covered in some form of decoration or another. Afterwards I headed to the Islamic Arts Museum. I’ve been dying to see it, and it’s only 5 liras to get in which is pretty good but the place was a waste for me. It’s only filled with Islamic art. I don’t mean paintings and...

Day 11: Sweet… Juicy… Iskendar

Day 11: Sweet… Juicy… Iskendar

As soon as I checked into the hotel (around 12pm), I showered, ate breakfast, and headed out. Sure I was tired and super fatigued from the trip but I’m in Istanbul for only a day or two more so I had to make use of every minute! I needed food. Food on the bus wasn’t the greatest. Actually breakfast was composed of chips and soda. Since I had left Istanbul, I had been craving those amazing saucy burgers and I walked around at least 10 blocks looking for them today to no luck. I ended up a main road by the docks, and went into a restaurant called Iskender Saray. It looked great and I could smell it really far away. I ordered their speciality Iskendar kabob which came with another dish and couscous. I can say with certainty, this was the best dish I have had in...

Day 10: The End of the Lycians

Day 10: The End of the Lycians

Today was my last day in Fethiye. I had the same delicious breakfast: toast with honey and cream cheese. Excellent. I doubt I’ll have it when I go back, but for now it really hits the spot. I grabbed my off-road scooter and headed out for the Lycian tombs. Lycia was a region around Turkey prior to Jesus (peace be upon him) and their people are known to have fought on the side of Trojans against the Greeks in the famous war of Troy. They were conquered once and after their last stand when the Lycian army realized they couldn’t win they killed their own women and children first, their villages and crops burned, and then with a finale: mass suicide. That was a prety simplistic story of the Lycians, but that’s about all that I know for right now. Their tombs are...

Day 9: Clear Blue Water

Day 9: Clear Blue Water

Breakfast was great because I had TOAST!!!! I don’t have toast at home unless it’s with eggs. This is the FIRST hotel so far in 9 days that has had warm bread. Very nice. They also had fresh honey in a giant glass bowl with a wooden spoon and the usual Turkish items minus the salami. I had toast with cream cheese and honey. Delicious. After breakfast, I rented an off-road scooter for 20 liras (great price) and headed off to Oludeniz. This city was a little more bustling than Selcuk and Pamukalle but not as busy Istanbul. A lot of ex-pats and many people spoke english which was convenient. It’s a good thing I got an off-road scooter because the road to Oludeniz wound itself around mountains going up and down up and down with no guard rails and steep roads....