Istanbul I: Banks of the Bosphorus.

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm addicted to traveling and I'm lucky enough to have people in my life who feel the same. I met Alex in Scotland, he currently lives in Beijing, and he was just crazy enough to meet up with me for a week of adventure in Istanbul, Turkey.

After an exhausting twenty hours of travel, we both made it to Atatürk Havalimanı (airport) in one piece. Like the stubborn folk we are, we decided to find our way to our hotel via the subway system despite speaking no Turkish. Adventure, initiated.

Beyoğlu

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I found a Polaroid camera at a yard sale a few weeks ago and decided to test it out. Not thrilled with the colored frames but you take what you can get on short notice.

Alex learned that the Turkish word for shave is "sakal".

Eminönü Yeni Camii

One the second day, we went to the New Mosque. In the courtyard, there were little stands set up where you could buy bird feed for the pigeon population.

More pictures to follow tomorrow!

And shoutout to the awesome dude I met in Logan airport while waiting at the gate. Ben made the ensuing five hour layover in JFK really fun. Thanks for the nerdy conversation and good luck in Singapore!