The Cats of Istanbul

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They run wild and you see them everywhere. These are photos from a single walk of about an hour in length. I saw several more cats than these.

This one is licking some ice cream I gave him--and waiting for more.
This one is licking some ice cream I gave him–and waiting for more.
I like the cat houses I see outside some businesses.
I like the cat houses I see outside some businesses.
Playing in the sunshine. These cats are often fed--you see cat food one the street, usually just poured in a pile on the sidewalk. There are also water bowls. When you see a stray dog, it will have a tag in it's ear, indicating it's been spayed/neutered. There isn't a program for cats.
Playing in the sunshine. These cats are often well fed–you see cat food on the street, usually just poured in a pile on the sidewalk. There are also water bowls. When you see a stray dog, it will have a tag in it’s ear, indicating it’s been spayed/neutered. There isn’t a program for cats.
Love the calicoes. Most are surprisingly healthy looking, though this one was a bit rough.
Love the calicoes. Most are surprisingly healthy looking, though this one was a bit rough.
It's a cat house! I can't read all the Turkish, but "ev hayvanlar" means "animal's home."
It’s a cat house! I can’t read all the Turkish, but “ev hayvanlar” means “animal’s home.”
Burak, my Turkish friend who has been so good to me.
Burak, my Turkish friend who has been so good to me.
My friend and fellow teacher, Alex.
My friend and fellow teacher, Alex.
I've learned that a red license plate means a government car.
I’ve learned that a red license plate means a government car.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

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