First day in Turkey

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My first meal in Turkey--lamb kebab, rice pilov, yoghurt, roasted vegetables.
My first meal in Turkey–lamb kebab, rice pilov, yoghurt, roasted vegetables.

My flight to Istanbul, via Kuala Lumpur, was mercifully uneventful, but long. Sixteen hours getting there, plus customs, passport control and a 6 hour time difference. But I’m here and safe, staying in a hotel and trying to get on Turkey time. I should see my school for the first time tomorrow.

The weather here is good, highs in the 60’s F, sunshine. The folks at the hotel and the restaurant across the street speak fair English. I’ve even met another new teacher, Edgar, from Huston.

I’ve been walking and trying to stay awake all day to adjust to the new time zone. Of course I don’t know the language or the neighborhood, but it’s funny how the ear tries so hard to make sense of the words it hears. I did this some in Vietnam, but it’s very strong here in Istanbul.

And I’ve already heard the call to prayer from a nearby mosque. Here are a few first photos.

This is pieces of lamb on a spit, called donor--amazing.
This is pieces of lamb on a spit, called donor–amazing.
The street outside my hotel.
The street outside my hotel.
The street outside my hotel,
The street outside my hotel,
Always construction going on. I wonder how old the walls of the foundation are? And what amazing things you find when you dig in this city? Istanbul was established about 1000BC. The nearby highway was part of the silk road.
Always construction going on. I wonder how old the walls of the foundation are? And what amazing things you find when you dig in this city? Istanbul was established about 1000BC. The nearby highway was part of the silk road.
One of the mosques nearby,
One of the mosques nearby,
I'm going to get so fat......
I’m going to get so fat……
Fresh meat and seafood.
Fresh meat and seafood.
....and the pastries.
….and the pastries.
Fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere.
Fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere.

 

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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, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

4 thoughts on “First day in Turkey”

  1. I’m already loving your Turkey posts more than the Vietnam posts. The food is so much more appealing to me. Have fun getting to know your new home!

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