Wonderlust in Istanbul

Istanbul really gave my wanderlust a shot in the arm. Physically, I was getting well, but I was moving past the side of the world that was comfortable to me. You see, I was somewhat familiar with western Europe because I had been there before, and it probably resembles the US more than any other region in the world, but Turkey, I knew very little about. As soon as I arrived I got this giddy, night before christmas feeling. Where I was so anxious for what was about to happen. I was overloaded with new sights, smells, and sounds, and I was instantly out of my confront zone. One second you think you know, the next you learn that you know nothing. That's the good stuff! That's what keeps me wanting to see more. 

Constantinople, Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire. The bridge between east and west. Whatever you want to call it, this place is filled with history. There's so many different types of cultures, food (there's like a hundred different ways to grill meat), religions, and many different opinions on how progressive or conservative the country should be. All have left a mark on this wonderful city. 

Right after this small tunnel...   While I was walking to the ferry one evening a man started to follow me. He knew I wasn't from around here. I didn't feel threatened and I could tell he was more curious than anything else. We just had a quick conversation, but one thing that stuck in my mind was he said about people of different origins living in other countries, immigration for short.   "No place is pure. Everyone is from somewhere else. Now more than ever we have to accept that."  -Kurdish / Frenchman

Right after this small tunnel... 

While I was walking to the ferry one evening a man started to follow me. He knew I wasn't from around here. I didn't feel threatened and I could tell he was more curious than anything else. We just had a quick conversation, but one thing that stuck in my mind was he said about people of different origins living in other countries, immigration for short. 

"No place is pure. Everyone is from somewhere else. Now more than ever we have to accept that."

-Kurdish / Frenchman

The packed neighborhood of Beyoglu. 

The packed neighborhood of Beyoglu. 

Antique trinquets left over from hundreds of years of bartering in the Grand Bazaar 

Antique trinquets left over from hundreds of years of bartering in the Grand Bazaar 

Taksim Square. The heart of Istanbul. This is the site of many demonstrations, including the 2013 Gezi Park protests. 

Taksim Square. The heart of Istanbul. This is the site of many demonstrations, including the 2013 Gezi Park protests. 

Window. Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Museum / Church

Window. Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Museum / Church