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Views from the windows of İstanbul’s Aya Sofya

Views from Aya Sofya

Views from Aya Sofya

İstanbul’s Aya Sofya is stunning enough, but the view out the window is certainly worth a look.

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Sunset in İstanbul

Sunset in İstanbul

Take a ferry between Eminönü (on the European side of the Bosphorus) and Kadıköy (on the Anatolian side) near sunset and you’ll be rewarded with this view for 1.35 Turkish lira – about $1 USD, £0.60 GBP or €0.75. Not bad for a sunset cruise between two continents!

The crossing takes about 20 minutes – just enough time to snap some photos and have a cup of Turkish tea.

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Feeding the birds near İstanbul’s spice market

Feeding the birds near İstanbul’s spice market

İstanbul, like most major cities, has no shortage of pigeons.

Despite the busy square outside the Yeni Cami, the New Mosque, near the busy spice market, the pigeons still gather and are regularly fed by children and tourists.

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İstanbul’s minarets and mosques

İstanbul’s minarets and mosques

Straddling not just the Bosphorus River, but also two continents, Istanbul is a city firmly pushing itself into the future while holding on to tradition and religion.

Everywhere you turn in the city, you are faced with a mosque or at least one minaret is visible in the distance.

The minarets are where the calls to prayer are made from (six times a day with bullhorn-like loudspeakers), so choose your hotel wisely or you won’t need to use your alarm clock! The first call to prayer is two hours before dawn!

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Guilty until proven innocent?

When I arrived back in the States after 20 months in Europe, I had no way of getting a hold of my dad to tell him my flight had arrived at the airport and I was through security. I hadn’t planned ahead so I didn’t have any American dollars to call from a phone booth. I decided to do what I had done many times with a language barrier but without hassle. I decided to borrow someone’s phone to call him.
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Book review: The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

For all you caffeine fiends and java junkies out there, this is your book!

Stewart Lee Allen has travelled around the world and chronicled the history of the world according to coffee in The Devil’s Cup. From Ethiopia to India and from Paris to Oklahoma, this books leaves no ground unexplored – coffee grounds, that is.
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There aren’t enough meals in the day

Two years ago when I started travelling, I was focused on museums, history and whatever else my trusty guidebook said was important. I spent most of my time on the tourist trail.

It was good. It was interesting. But I wasn’t getting the real feel for the place. I remembered each city by what I saw, not what I experienced.

Eventually, that turned into hanging out with new friends through CouchSurfing and I would remember the cities by what I did.

Now, I remember them by what I eat.
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