February 5, 2012

5 Feb

ISTANBUL — The 360 Experience (continued)

Lesson #3:  You won’t ever find anything you’re looking for.

I’m not going to lie – Istanbul was a nightmare to sight-see on foot.  The streets are impossible to navigate, the street signs are all hidden, and none of the locals know anything.  We would get lost, so we would ask a local where X was – he would tell us, “Oh really close!  200 meters, just straight ahead!”  Oh great!  We would walk 200m, still no sign of X, walk a little further, still no sign of X, walk 30 minutes further, still no sign of X.  So then we would ask someone else.  “Oh really close!  200 meters, just straight ahead!”  Ok………  We would walk 200m, still no sign of X, I’m about to kill someone, still no sign of X, so W asks someone else.  “Oh really close!  200 meters, just straight ahe—“  BANG.  And that is how homicides happen in Istanbul.

I’m just kidding, they don’t let you bring guns on planes.

Needless to say, I got more exercise during this trip than I had in the past 10 years, we literally were not able to find about 1/3 of the items on our Istanbul to-do list, and we ended up spending half our budget on cabs.  I may or may not have missed NYC terribly.

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