I’ve been leaving my travel posts on the side because, in my mind, they’re not necessarily that interesting to most people. Last week I realized that I NEED to finish writing about our trip because it’s important to me to have it written down!
In case you’re confused about what trip I’m talking about, check out these other posts first:
After our first surprising moments in Turkey we rolled our eyes, pretended we weren’t exhausted and headed out to the streets around 6PM on Sunday. We had left Toronto at 10:55PM on Saturday but were determined to beat the jet lag that was sure to set in!
Our first stop was a cell phone place to get a SIM card. We figured out what our best deal was for the few days we would be there & decided Anson would get a card and I would hotspot off of him when I wanted (aka…constantly!). We ran into a problem when they asked for Anson’s passport as we had left it at the hotel. We rolled our eyes at each other because we KNOW that a lot of countries want to see your passport for various things, but we didn’t bring it! We hemmed and hawed a little and then the man indicated for us to wait a second (he didn’t speak English). He turned around and grabbed a folder. As he rifled through it, we could see that it was a stack of photocopied passports. He paused at one picture, pointed at it then at us and gave us the thumbs up sign. A few minutes later he put the SIM card in Anson’s phone, punched a few buttons and we were on our way. We have no idea who that SIM card is registered to, but hey–it worked for the 3 days we were there!
We spent the rest of our evening figuring out public transit, walking the streets and finding dinner at a place we stumbled upon! I didn’t even get the name of the restaurant we chose as we just walked by and saw people cooking and immediately headed inside.
We were seated at a table with this copper stove before Anson was taken to the front to choose what meat we wanted. He chose some steak and chicken and then told the man to do the spices for him because Anson just wasn’t sure what to put on it all.
We were given the meat as well as tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and green peppers. While we cooked our own food, we were brought a salad to eat along with some different breads. It was all delicious and we were really impressed that even with a tip it all cost us less than $40.
We finished dinner and headed back toward the metro. We were feeling a little tired so decided to get back to the hotel and try to get some sleep.
Day 1 in Istanbul was over and we had lots of plans for Monday’s adventures. I can’t wait to share everything we did on Monday with you next Tuesday!
If you could do one thing in Istanbul what do you think you would choose?