Project 365: Day 227 – Surviving Istanbul on Simit

13th February 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey

I ran away from a cauldron of lust, and found myself
In an unexpected vessel of hidden gluttony.
In a hollow pretzel, I placed all my beliefs.
But what the heck. It costs so little money!
simit, pretzel, turkish, turkey, travel, photography

Pretzels are all I need – Istanbul, Turkey

I booked myself a place in the Sultanahmet region of Istanbul yesterday, on the European side. While the decision was majorly influenced by the hookers last night, it was also chosen due to its proximity to all the major architecture in Istanbul.

I ended up walking again, which I have been doing quite a bit lately. Only thing is, I walk 3-5 km on a daily basis with a 20KG backpack. This is mostly due to health reasons, than economic reasons. I have been drinking and eating like a pig everywhere I go, and not getting any major exercise. So hence, the conscious decision to walk more with my backpack.

Turkey is not an easy country to eat in, as every eatable spot charges a bomb. The easiest option to eat cheap in Turkey, is to buy groceries from the super market, and make meals yourself. But sometimes, it may not be possible. A cheap alternative in those times is the Simit.

The Turksih pretzel, locally called the Simit, is a cheap food that is sold everywhere for around 1-2 Lira. Its a tasty snack with a sesame covering around it. A couple of these is actually good enough for a full breakfast.

Atleast to a cheap traveller like me.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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