We, my girlfriend and I, just returned from a visit to Istanbul and Antalya. From my visit and the reading I did beforehand, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation of the land and the peoples, and become much more aware of the contributions of the Byzantines and the Ottomans.

It ended up being a kedi, literary, cultural, historical, political (just a wee bit, because, you know), arty, religious, gastronomic, hiking, linguistic, criminal and blooming delight (I got ripped off by the “poor shoe shine boy” scam near the düniya’s biggest tulip carpet).

But both the coffee and çai sucked.

I stop to miau to cats.

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