A Love Affair With Istanbul
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In a leather jacket and blue jeans as promised, Hanifi's friend, Baris, was waiting for me at the train station this morning and it wasn't long before I was whisked away on the back of his motorcycle. Badass! I love motorcycles :) With just the quick 20 minute ride to his place I already knew I was going to love this city-the weather was even perfect, which always brightens my day. From the second I stepped into his home I felt the Turkish hospitality, from him making us a huge breakfast and of course insisting I have tea, (just as just about every Turk you meet does) to showing me around and telling me that his home was my home while I'm here.
Since today is a Sunday, he was able to show me around, which was great. Ah jeez, please don't crash, I kept thinking to myself as we weaved in and out of cars and busses, barely making it through.
We also went on a boat ride around between the Bosphorous and Black Sea, and it was interesting to see a city that is Europe on one side and Asia on the other. The more I see of Istanbul, the more I'm convinced that I could live here.
Game time came and I was sleepy, but wanted to stay awake to watch it, and I couldn't say no to beers and some good excitement. Time to sleep-long day tomorrow; I think I'm in love with this city already!