Alone

It is difficult to find alone time to focus on writing this blog. This is the exact opposite of what I expected. Not that I am complaining, not one bit. Meeting all of my new friends has been the highlight of the trip, and it is really sad as they move on to other places. I think there can be a special bond between travelers who are on their own, there is an understanding and camaraderie about it. With that said, tomorrow I hope to have a quieter day, I think maybe I will go to the Prince’s Islands then to another Hamam. 

Today was an adventure in the rain getting out to Chora Church, a Byzantine church West of the old city. It was quite small, but the tiled mosaics were simply stunning. 
Later we went to The Blue Mosque, I found it truly peaceful because of its massiveness paired with its simplicity. Compared to many old Cathedrals, I find it easier to simply be with God because there is little to distract you, no statues, mosaics, frescoes. 
Additionally, I had my favorite meal so far. It is basically chicken and rice cooked into philo dough then cut open. I did not get a picture, but here is one of some other fantastic food…

I keep getting notes from friends back home regarding the protests and riots. I assure you that I am staying far away (remember, Istanbul is huge). If necessary, I will leave and go elsewhere, but I highly doubt that will happen. The only way this is impacting me is that it is prohibiting me from going to some of the places I would like to go and from seeing my friend. I do really feel for the Citizens of Turkey, though. Being here has shown me how important free speech and democracy really are.

Ok, one last photo for the night and then I am going to bed early!
Valens aquaducts!!

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3 thoughts on “Alone

  1. YaY! I am glad you made it to the Valens! It's so amazing what the Romans did and how far stretching. Be safe and thanks for all the great pics. I am glad you're having fun.

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  2. Thank you for reassuring all of us back home that you are staying safe. The news doesn't cover the calm, peaceful neighborhoods, so that's not what we hear about.

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  3. Mmm! Jealous of the food! And I totally understand the camaraderie with fellow travelers. I made friends with two middle-aged Republicans from the South whilst living in China… simply because were all foreigners in a strange land. It's also why I loved Lost in Translation so much.

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