10.02.2010 - 22.02.2010
Why did you decide to go there?
This, a common question.
Because it was the cheapest place I found at the time. I was only back from Hanoi for a week and was already researching the next place to go. You gotta think ahead.
So, it was off to the internet. Less expensive is a big factor in where to go. And, it may take you somewhere you otherwise would not have thought of or considered.
To those who love to travel, where is not so important as when and how.
So, Turkey popped up on a site as cheapest so I scrolled down pricing options. I went and looked.
Now, since I am a working man, my time is not fully my own. Would be nice to go away for months. However, in lieu of that dream, you gotta take what you can get. I figured I could get a week. Not able to travel around the whole country of Turkey of course. The city of Istanbul would do fine for 8 days. Lots to see in a city. Some day trips to get you out of there too.
One week. I have done this in the past with Paris, London, Prague and Budapest, and Hanoi. All products of the 'cheaper' search and visit modus operandi.
So, this Sat (Feb 13) it will be off to the Orient, the exotic, the mysterious, the edge of Asia, and my first time near the middle east where so much intrigue has always been and still remains a thorn in the paw of the world.
What to expect?
Aside from mosques and palaces and the Bosphorus and seemingly cold weather now, it seems that Istanbul will be a food fest of sorts. Not in any organized way, but in its variety and flavor. I am looking forward to some foody adventures.
So, "gule gule" - Turkish for "be on your way with a smile"