trails & tribulations

by Jakob

“I see you are well prepared” says the steward of Air Malaysia to me with a friendly smile when I thanked him while I leave the plane. He points to my down jacket. On the way to my backpack and the customs for my visa I feel uncomfortable: inside it feels allready cold and chilly, that’s not very promising if I get outside …

With the metro and then the tram I go to the old town of Istanbul and I feel a bit astonished: after more than 20 hours flying I’m now walking with my backpack through Istanbul and except the weather is not so different comparing to the other side of the world: “! taxi mister”, “no thank you”, I answer. And also: “where you come from?”, “Kuala Lumpur” I answer, probably a response against the expectations. In short, I feel good, like a cosmopolitan and after some searching and asking around I soon find my guesthouse “Istanbul hostel”.

Istanbul hostel is a charming and cozy hostel, with a roof terrace where a type of veranda is built on and it’s good to stay here: you can lazing around, get socialized, watch TV, drink, eat etc. In short: a perfect place to be in a cold and rainy Istanboel.

Nevertheles, of course I want to see something of Istanboel, after all, it is still quite special to be in this city with its many historical and cultural legacies. Equipped with my umbrella I went on sightseeing tour. Some pictures:

Ondanks het weer en het seizoen was het erg druk. Hier de rij voor de ingang van Haghia Sophia.

Ondanks het weer en het seizoen was het erg druk. Hier de rij voor de ingang van Haghia Sophia.

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