London to Istanbul - The journey begins
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Kesh: The benefit of flying so early in the morning meant that we got into Istanbul with a good amount of time to see a few things. In true budget airline style Sabih Gocken airport is miles away from the old town of Istanbul and there is limited public transport, so we managed to find a shuttle that would drop us at the door of our hostel so that would make life a bit easier. Then the 'drama' began... it seems that last year turkey changed is currency, not the actual lira, but the cash and coins you use, and no where will accept this 'old' money. We were a bit confused to say the least as we had a bit of money left from Gumbet and nowhere would accept it. Anyway we got some money and got the shuttle, which was really a car that we shared with an older Malaysian couple, who were travelling Turkey and Greece for 2 weeks, I was so suprised at how little they were travelling with! The driver didn't speak english and didn't seem to have a good idea of the lay out of Sultan Ahmet, so it took us a really long time (3 hours) to get to the Tulip Hostel. But once there, the guys were awesome and gave us heaps of information and told us where to change our 'old' money.
The first thing we did was book a tour for Gallipoli for tomorrow, with a company called TJ's - http://www.anzacgallipolitours.com/, then we went off in search of the bank, and stopped for some sweet corn from a stand (this is when we found out they had changed the coins as well, and the poor vendor had to race around to change our 20 Lira note!! So when we finally managed to change the money to our relief after a number of attempts to figure out how to use banks in Turkey, we were at the harbour. We were pretty exhausted after our early start, and would have a 630 pick up for Gallipoli tomorrow so we had a fantastic shish meal and headed back to the hostel.