01.10.2009 - 05.10.2009
There are many other things we experienced and noticed in Istanbul that didnt make it into our top 10 list and we dont want to forget about them.
A very early observation was that the city seems to be mostly populated by men. ¨Itś Raining Men¨ was in our heads for the majority of our time there. There were many times when 80% - 95% of people we would see on the street were men. Interesting.
The toiliets... there are 2 types of toilets in Turkey, the a la franc, which most of you readers will be familiar with, and the a la turk, which is a porcelin hole in the ground, as in you squat over a hole and do your business. And just as in Greece the custom is to throw your paper in a trash bin, that is if there is toilet paper at all. We are glad to be back in the land of flush toilets and paper.
On our second or third day in Istanbul we met a women who was in town for the IMF/World Bank meeting. We heard about some organizing for protests, but didnt manage to make it to any of the workshops or protests ourselves though there was a great police presence and brigades of cars roaming the streets. This sign was in a very prominent tourist spot.
Jogging... we are trying to jog in every place we go to so we got up one morning to jog arond Istanbul. Apparently, this is not a common activity in this city, perhaps more so for women. EVERYONE stared at us like we were mental as we jogged down the streets and through some parks. It was one of our least favorite jogging experiences. We would not recommend it.
Istanbul, we love and miss you!