Merhaba from Istanbul! Because the last 4 days (only 4!) has been a whirlwind, it is impossible to write about the range of feelings and things that have happened. I believe once I have settled in – I will be able to deconstruct it all piece by piece. In tiny snippets, Istanbul so far –
- My apartment is not ready.
- Move aside fellow Fijians, the Turks take the title. 15 minutes means in 45 minutes.
- Its a tea country and I have drunk countless cups of free tea offered everywhere I go.
- Expression ‘Smoke like a Turk” is true. Its rather anti-social not to smoke. (Dear God, please let me not succumb)
- The food is absolutely amazing and cheap.
- The Turks dress really well. The works.
- OMGEE! The men are hot.
- Despite the size, the city is actually very clean.
- Their public toilets are even cleaner.
- The public transportation network is bloody amazing.
- The traffic is terrible.
- Its much faster to walk to places. I have walked a lot in the past 4 days.
- Its colder than I expected.
- I have already got lost 3 times. (where people have had to come pick me up from some corner)
- I was only in the city 2 days when I crossed the Bosphorus
- I blew a little tantrum which people I don’t know know about.
- The coconut wireless is just as fast.
- As luck turns out, I was again the only female in the new teachers batch.
- Anticipated – I did get sick.
- I cried when I heard my mother’s voice on skype.
- I still don’t know what Past Perfect Continuous is.
- I’m still getting used to how it an area goes from Middle Eastern to European in a matter of minutes.
- People actually are really helpful.
- Older men (like men) have this really bad habit to stare.
- The Turkish are just as amazed with me being a Fijian as I am with them being well..Turkish!
- I have not yet seen one tourist because I live so locally.
- Traveling and living in a foreign country are two bloody different things.
And tomorrow I’m teaching a total of 7 hours! (which I have just been told now. 7.59pm. How Turkish!)
ps. I have not taken a single photo yet! (How not very facebookish!)