Istanbul, Day 3

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The busy Grand Covered Bazaar (souk)

Today is our day to slum' in Istanbul & buy souveniers.  Leslie was up early to meet up with her new South African fellow tourist for breakfast.  I took my time dressing up, checked my emails before I left the Youth Hostel.

Went to Grand Bazaar for the ultimate Turkish shopping experience.  The merchants are really pushy, but I was able to handle them.  Hey, I survived Kenya, I can do it.  A guy was 'super pushy' about selling me perfumes which I don't really need anyway.  Got some turkish apple tea by Hazer Baba, I guess it's the best brand.

The overnight bus to Kusadasi was a horror.  Well, not really, it was just long.

The workers at Orient Youth Hostel
.....   I met Juan Jose from Mexico, a super cute gay guy from Mexico.  The most annoying part were the pit stops, in which we have to pay to use the bathrooms - aaaargh....   I didn't mind that the toilet was on the ground, but that I to cough up money!  I have a small bladder, I just kept going and going.  I had a restless night sleeping.  It was also a technicality because it was also 'that time' of the month and I didn't want to stain the seat.

I also met some cool dudes from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  They were in the ferry on their way to Kusadasi (southwest Turkey).  The guy worked in a finance firm or something.  They knew I was American because I was wearing my Rosie O'Donnell tv show hat.  The four guys worked in Manhattan.  They were here on holiday.

We shared apple tea on the night ferry.  The boat crossed from the European side to the Ottoman Asian side (which is the largest part of the country).

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The busy Grand Covered Bazaar (sou…
The busy Grand Covered Bazaar (so…
The workers at Orient Youth Hostel
The workers at Orient Youth Hostel
Aahh, playing the tabla drum
Aahh, playing the tabla drum
A local street in Istanbul
A local street in Istanbul
The New Yorkers I met crossing to …
The New Yorkers I met crossing to…
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photo by: Memo