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Exhausting İstanbul

I’m having a great time in Istanbul.

Principally, I’m exhausted. The city begs for walking and exploring, and I’m doing both. It’s got hidden nooks and crannies, shops to explore, touts to ignore.

Today, Wednesday, is my last full day in Istanbul. Tomorrow morning I rise at some unspeakable hour and take the bus to the site of the wedding, which is on Saturday. Round-trip, the bus ride from Istanbul and back, including a sleeper service on the return, is costing me 95YTL, or 50€.

It’s an eight hour bus ride, each direction.

From the descriptions, it sounds like my time on the bus will be more enjoyable than an domestic first class journey on a plane in the States—and I’m taking the less expensive option.

Below is a picture of a room from Topkapı Palace—one that Reko would want installed in every house, and one that CQ would rightly want destroyed. I want it used only in fully informed cases.

Circumcision Room

1 comment to Exhausting İstanbul

  • disenchanted

    I read about the sleeper buses the other day (I think in the NYT). You’ll have to tell us how it is!