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A Hectic Couple of Days...

sunny 27 °C

The three pictures we are posting today are all airplane rides apart and all have been taken in less than the last three days. Our favourite chef and friend in Bodrum, the freestyle wrestling world championships in Istanbul and the third was taken this morning. Needless to say, Natalie is taking a little siesta.
The neighbourhood we stay in Istanbul is called Sultanahmet and is the oldest part of the city, our room is above our friend Hasan's bar, aptly named, "Just Bar." Conveniently located in the shadow of the Blue Mosque and the Four Season's Hotel...and yes, I often second guess our choice of accommodations all the time, but if we are going to make it for six months, I guess we better not upgrade everywhere. This area is great, but the rest of the city is just too much...the same two lane highways that are empty in the country are used by 17 million people in the city, most of which I am pretty sure do not need to pass a test to operate any of the vehicles.
So we played some backgammon and relaxed a bit until yesterday afternoon when we went to the tournament. Unfortunately, not a banner day for Canada, but it was an event I have always wanted to see, so it was great. Natalie had chosen not to use the ladies room as it was just a hole in the floor and clearly it was rarely cleaned, any of her close friends will know that holding it for 7 hours is quiet a feat. I didn't have the heart to tell her until later that the men's room was state of the art and spotless...this country does have some things to work on.
The last picture needs more pictures and another page for itself....stay tuned, we are living in a cave hotel!!

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Posted by colincampbell 06:01 Archived in Turkey

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