I’m back in the UK once again, mon amis. Turkey has won the thumbs-up award from me, as it seems a very nice place – at least Istanbul is, and the food is also good. They also like tea, and hey, I’m definitely a big tea fan (even if the tea there has no milk in it.. weirdos). The people are friendly for the most part, which is a nice change from my excursions to France and French Switzerland. We stayed in a wonderful hotel called the Marmar (or something like that) right at the top of one of the main streets in Istanbul called Taksim, which is a pedestrian and tram-only street with lots of shops. We had a wonderful corner suite, meaning we had two big windows facing two different directions giving us a beautiful panoramic view of the Bosphorus (which is an amazingly busy body of water!!) The big boss my dad was going to meet with lent us his driver for the time while we were here, so we had no trouble getting around to all the sights we wanted to see. (This isn’t quite as posh as it sounds, it that part of the world having a driver is not as high-class and ‘rock-star’ as it is in the west.) On another note, Turkish people drive like madmen, and sail the same way.
While we were there, we took a ferry across to the Asian side of Istanbul, across the Bosphorus, and travelled the furthest ever east I have ever been (Istanbul in general is by far the furthest East I’ve ever been), setting my foot on the Asian continent for the first time. This is a year of firsts for me, as earlier this year (spring break) I went the furthest south I’d ever been, crossing into the southern hemisphere for the first time. The world is a cool place.
In other news, I’m spending the night with my Grandmother tonight, so I wont be online (at the earliest) till tomorrow night. We go up to Aberdeen some time this week, and then the week after that (I think) we go to the Yorkshire Dales for a weeks holiday with the family. After that, back to the US of A.
Also, the London bombings suck a lot, and suicide bombers are really stupid. America is also really stupid for being all ‘we are behind you and will not let this affect our daily lives’ and then all ‘we ban all troops and their families from London’ under the stupid guise of ‘we want to enable London police to get on with their investigation without the extra people’. Yea right. As some MPs over here said, the biggest, most powerful army in the world being too scared to enter London is the biggest flag of defeat you could wave to the terrorists.
At least they repealed it!