09.03.2007 - 12.03.2007 -1 °C
i have finally arrived!! it feels great to be here and back with the brother again.
After too many hours in flight, i finally made it to sunny Turkey, made it through cutoms---hoping the bottle of jack i smuggled for my brother was not to be an issue--grabbed my bag and headed for the railing...the inevitable railing at every foreign airport that has nine milllion people staring at you, wondering if you are who they are looking for, holding up signs and most of the time yelling...as if you are walking on stage..and there always seems to be a small door leading out to it...there should be a sign that says "THE Railing" with an arrow under it...so i rounded the corner through the door..smiling ear to ear looking for the tall white boy with a faux hawk...to no avail..so before i went into panic mode, i did the whistle. no response? ok, got my whits together and started trying to contact kyle with my newly purchased vodofone card, and about 2 minutes into that, i turned around and there was my big brother. Off we went....ahh, much better. I cant believe this trip we have been talking about for so long and all the obstacles and playing that preceeded it are over and we are here!!
Last night we went to a Magnum photography exhibit at the Istanbul Modern, it was fantastic. Magnum has about every single iconic image of the last century..from james dean to tienenman square to the afghani girl with the green eyes to sept 11...it was a fantastic exhibit--and free on thursday nights. We met back up with our friend and host Ceren and hit a turkish kebab house, where we grubbed on some great food and ceren ate us under the table. I had captured only a precious hour or two of sleep in over 24 hours and i was falling asleep at the table. So we headed home and after showering of course had to partake in tea time before sleeping in one of the skinniest beds ever and had the most amazing 12 hours of rest.
Istanbul is very different than i had imagined, it goes on forever! There are things to look at everywhere, and oddly, one of them is the Fox logo...i think they are trying to buy the city of Istanbul. But the architecture is beautiful...so old...the epitome of the term old world. It feels like you are walking through a painting. I have yet to even be able to experience the city, but aesthetically its very unique. Today we hit the mosque's and castles and then dinner at a top floor bar cleverly named 360 that has a view of the city.
te shekular= thank you
this is the extent of my turkish, kyle is blowing me out of the water, but i plan to step it up in africa, when he doesnt have the advantage of having been there before. Also, in other news, i tend to revert to spanish when i know they dont speak my language..not helpful either..however, VAMANOS!
love you guys