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We always knew that Dubai was extreme, but WOW, it’s even crazier than we imagined. We were sitting absolutely silent in the super sterile metro on the way from the airport just staring at the skyscrapers. During rush hour, specific female-only zones become active, which Andri didn’t notice at first and was politely asked to return to the mens area. The metro glided smoothly above the city, in between the giant towers, giving you this futuristic feeling. Dubai is way more Western than we had expected. Before arriving in Dubai people had been warning us that women would need to wear proper clothing, covering their hair, elbows and knees, as in many other muslim countries. However we soon realised that summer dresses and shorts were mostly accepted. You will still see many women wearing the traditional muslim clothing, abaya, covering most of their body, and the local mens (called the Emirati) wearing long sleeved ropes and keffiyeh (headwear). We also did not feel heavy eye staring for being foreigners in western clothes as most of the population consists of expats (almost 80%), mostly from India but also from Europe and the other Arab countries. The first 3 nights we stayed in the famous Cayan Twisting Tower in the Dubai Marina. It’s one […]

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Asia, Backpacking, Blue Mosque, Chai, City, Europe, Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Things to do in Istanbul, Turkey -

Landing in Istanbul felt a little bit like home since both of us spent quite a long time in Turkey last year. The passport control in Turkey is really strict and since Ása has a residence permit in Turkey they always get skeptic when they see her passport. They made many phone calls before finally letting her enter the country. We stayed at Cheers Lighthouse Hostel, a nice hostel in the heart of the old town, owned by a friend of ours. He had reserved the penthouse suite with a nice balcony view over the Bosphorus. Next morning we had a typical Turkish breakfast, that consists of olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, special Turkish bread and tea or “chai” in Turkish. We walked around the whole city, from the Blue Mosque, Sofia Hagia, through the spice market and over the Galata bridge which was lined with people fishing. We enjoyed listening to the familiar prayer-calls of the mosques and ate some delicious Baklava (typical Turkish desert). After crossing the bridge we explored the area around Galata tower and walked from there to Taksim square, where we grabbed some Dürüm kebab. On the way we got lost in the Chiangir neighbourhood, which is extremely cat friendly. Turks treat wild cats with great […]

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