Istanbul, Day 3
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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.
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).