Istanbul - Gypsies and the hunt for the 1 lyra donair
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So the next morning we decided to check out the old city walls, which is suppoed to be a glorious momento of Istanbul's former days. When we arrived, we saw black smoke and smelled charcoal as soon as we walked near. When we climbed over into the wall, we saw throngs of these VERY sketchy people burning and selling all kinds of questionable items. Later we learned that these lovely folks are gypsies and the area we picked just happens to be the "black market" of Istanbul where all kinds of stolen goods transfer hands.
So after our near-death experience with the band of marauding thieves, we decided we needed some fresh seafood and hopped on the train to the waterfront. Once there, we hit up the ships docked along the shoreline selling 4 lira fresh fish sandwiches, one of the two missions we needed to accomplish that day.
The bus ride to Selcuk was pretty uneventful, except for the fact that, on the ferry when we all got off, some old fellow approached us and started talking in Turkish to me. Between the gestures and numbers he was writing on the table, I suspect I either sold Tiff or married her off for around 50 camels.