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Our hostel was really close to the Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque so of course we had to visit them. First we went to the Aya Sofia. Before it was a catholic church, later a mosque and now it's a museum. It's really huge, even though you can't visit the complete building. You can see some rests of the "church-time" and of the "mosque-time". After our visit we went to the Blue Mosque, at the opposite of the street. We were with a group of 50 people: 8 men and 42 women. In the Mosque women are obliged to wear a headscarf, so 42 FLoW-women had to put on their scarfs on their head. Also we had to take off our shoes. The outside of the mosque is more beautiful then the inside, which is in contrary with the Aya Sofia: more beautiful inside then outside. I guess this is just because of my expectations.
After our visit to the blue mosque we had a quick lunch and picked up our ID's/passports because in the afternoon we were going to the Dutch consulate. We travelled with the public transport: with the tram from cemberlitas to kabatas and then with some sort of 'metrobus' to taksim. after quite a walk we arrived at the dutch consulate. First we were having a presentation about what the work they are doing and later we had a tour through Palais Hollande, the building of the Dutch consulate.
This evening was the evening to go out with the whole group. It was tuesday night so it was not very busy in the clubs. First we went to weekend plus and later to another small club. The latest one I didn't like, the weekend plus was nice. But it was as if every club at Taksim was playing exactly the same CD. It would be nicer if we'd found a club with a different musicstyle. But of course we weren't familiar with the nightlife in Istanbul so we didn't know where to go. After all it was a nice evening!