Mega Part 2
Summer07_Vacation is the name of the folder of my desktop detailing the documentation and plans for, well... the summer vacation this year! :) Fine! I confess I’m a bit of a neat freak, but that’s not what this post’s about.
Now, under that folder there are two other folders,
Well, turns out there is an answer to Why Not
So goes the story…
As much as I complain and squirm about visa issues, I always get one/ensure the person I am sorting it out for does – whatever it takes. Unfortunately, this time around I couldn’t be doing it myself since the amazing Jordanian embassy in
Of course when you find out that events are shaping up in this manner the day before you’re due to travel, it’s a bit tricky, to say the least! But then no one else is to blame but myself for purchasing a plane ticket that’s stamped with the words, ‘Non-Refundable’ on it!
So, after some mad running around, making phone calls, reservations, cancellations, and with some help from my sweet travel-buddy and her generous offer to change her flights as well, I gear up for a vacation in one of the most surprising countries I have ever been to – Turkey.
I guess this is also a bit of a moment of pride since I’ve now been to some of the most populous cities in the world:
So with all of that, I was certainly lucky to get a chance to go to virtually all the things that are worth a visit in
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s actually pretty safe and a great place to hang out until late. Fortunately I was living on it, so it was all the more fun. Anyway, back to Khamba, the South Asian in us finally gave it to all the foreign food one night and we went hunting for an Indian/Pakistani restaurant. Oh, and we found one of the only two in the city. Unfortunately for us, he knew his competition was limited so we ended up emptying our pockets for a meal that wasn’t much to speak of though. So, we took a pic, instead! :P
Anyway, after Khamba, Sohaib and Taha left, armed with the sheet full of Turkish translations for a shopping trip (compiled by the ominous Paki men!), I picked up Pascale and the vacation was off to an awesome start! (This is the part where I see all of
As this point, I have the mentioned the two coolest places in the city – the Blue Mosque and the Cisterns! Legend goes that the ruler of the time, after whom the mosque has its real name – Sultanahmet, originally wanted this grand mosque to have pillars of gold. When the architect realized that it was unfeasible to do so, he used the slight similarity between Turkish for the word Gold, and that for the word Six, to make six minarets instead of four golden ones. Sultanahmet was bedazzled. Apparently, Makkah wasn’t so – since the Holy Mosque there had six minarets too. Ultimately Sultanahmet gifted a seventh pillar to Mekkah to make it all right. Cool!
The Cisterns are an underwater palace. Words fail me in describing it’s magnificence. Even today there is a constant flow of incoming water from the ceiling!
We were also lucky to catch the crown jewels being displayed at the great Topkapi palace – My God, that was moving. I haven’t seen anything like this outside of the movies! (Sorry, pictures were not allowed!). Now, I can’t wait to see the one’s that the Queen of England has – especially since a lot of them came from our part of the world!
Speaking of tourists, I was moved by the amount of them a few miles off Kusadasi, at one of the oldest cities in the world –
So an extremely relaxing and energizing week was spent here, eating English meals, and watching football at an Irish pub! Consequently, I learnt the hard way that the logic ‘I am brown.. I can’t get sunburn!t’ isn’t quite so accurate when you’re lying in a beach chair without sunscreen! (The infamous ‘Sunscreen’ video comes to mind!)
Greatest Discoveries of
In conclusion, I’m totally in love with this country and wouldn’t mind living there at some point in time. Lots to come back for!