12.03.2007 - 12.03.2007 13 °C
One last spin around Taxim square in the bus then to Ataturk International airport....
This morning it was hard to leave Ceren and her apartment beacuse it quickly felt like home. She was such a great host (even though White and Case stole much of her time from us). We had some great tourguides around the city though and we did a whirlwind tour of all the sites followed by a hammam and a supper of compir followed by a turkish coffee and fortune telling.
The hamam - a turkish bath was incredible.... more so for Kyle than Karoline. You just walk into a huge steam room and lay down on this huge circular marble slab that is heated dressed only in a towel. About the time you are gfalling asleep you get woken up by a big Turkish man. He brings you over to his part of the slab then rinses; scrubs; washes; rinses and massages you for about a half hour. I thought he was going to squeeze my insides out... but after he finished I felt like a new man.
Compir is a baked potato filled with a bunch of different fillings. After dining on compir at a cafe located on the Bosphorous we had turkish coffee - which is really thick espresso. At the bottom of the cup is a thick sluge. When you are down to the sludge you flip the cup over and let it sit. After the cup is flipped back over the sludge has created crazy designs all over the inside walls and the fortune teller looks into it to decipher your future... a fun and informative process.
Kroline and I are pretty much a travelling library. I think we had 10 books on us and I just picked up 2 more... so that gives us an even dozen plus our magazines... but I've heard that good books are a necessity in Africa because they work on Africa Time - meaning that there is a ton of waiting and a good book comes in handy.
so... there's this wierd - almost shocking - thing about hearing English when you've been used to hearing only a foreign tounge for a little while. I had that wierd thing today on the plane from Istanbul to London Heathrow. Since we are heading to Egypt today I am trying to keep my headphones in as much as possible in London. I will just stay in the airport for a long lay over.