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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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