Mosques, Tea, and Death Threats
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This morning Baris dropped me off near the Blue Mosque and I was stoked on the clear blue skies, and even more excited to head into this mosque that I've heard so much about. Seeing how expensive the guides were, I reminded myself that I'm a poor backpacker and did the sneaky thing of stopping in every gift shop and reading parts of the big guide book about the palace, which was fantastic, though I kept having to resist the urge to push people out of the way that kept cutting me off. Does that make me a bad person?
Several hours later, when I'd had my fill of jewels and the likes, I ran into Chris, the Aussie I'd met on my train the other day. We hung out for the rest of the day, getting lost in the Grand Bazaar then playing backgammon and drinking tea. The Bazaar is really something else-a true maze of hundreds of covered shops all selling ridiculously similar things.
Conversation turned to other parts of Turkey, and finding out that he was heading to Cappadocia, I was soon on board with his plans and we utilized the lovely facebook chat once back in our respective places to finalize plans. Can't wait!