“Excuse me miss! You dropped something! My heart!”
Let me guess, this happened to you too during your visit to Turkey. 😉
I have never been to a country where salesman use tons of pickup lines to try sell you something. Should I be flattered to know I look like Lucy Liu from Charles Angels?? Hmm, not really.
You can seriously write a whole book of pick up lines from your visit in Istanbul! Especially at Bazaars. After a few hours of shopping, I was quite fed up and just wanted to be left alone. I didn’t want to hear anymore pick up lines and I just want to get away! Shopping also got boring because everything they sell is the same thing over and over and over again. Kind of like my shopping experience in Venice but a lot cheaper.
Don’t get me wrong, they have beautiful colourful ornaments. If I had my own house, I’d ship tons of stuff from Turkey but unfortunately (actually fortunately) I don’t.
I used to think Turkish people are rude because I was bullied a lot by Turkish kids in primary school. However, it isn’t like that at all in Turkey as people there are very friendly and helpful and I didn’t encounter many language barrier as most of them I spoke to could speak English.
I didn’t do much in Istanbul as I only went there because it was the meeting point for my Classic Balken Trek Busabout tour.
The biggest Bazaar I’ve ever seen! Make sure you have a map and know which gate you came from because you can seriously get lost and it’ll be a never ending shopping experience! Make sure you bargin! Prices are pretty constant but marked up very high. Not sure how high but I try to do 50%. I bought a lovely scarf :-).
Hagia Sophia Museum
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go in because it was so crowded and hot that I just couldn’t be bothered. If you check out their website here you can see wonderful photos of it inside without the crowd!!
Random Istanbul Photos
Asian Side of Turkey – Üsküdar
You can take a ferry from Istanbul and travel to the Asian side of Turkey. The day I went, I honestly had no idea what to do. I didn’t do any research and was just killing time. There was some election going on and I decided.. you know what?.. I’m gonna get a doner kebab and feel better about myself for coming here. And so I did.. It had chips in it!