24rd February 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey
One more day in Istanbul. One more mosque, this one new. But the mosques have charmed me enough. I am done. The snow had spat on my plans the last few weeks, But I still have a little bit more of Turkey to see in the sun.
I finally managed to leave Istanbul today, after being stuck here for a week. The snow had thwarted most of my plans already. I had planned to go to Trabzon, Sanliurfa, Mardin and Van, but I don’t think I have enough time for that on this trip. So, I will do 2 of the primary locations I had on my Turkey map: Cappadocia and Ephesus.
But first, I had to make a pitstop in Bursa to meet a friend. So, I left early in the morning from Istanbul, only stopping by the Yeni Cami near the Galata bridge, to take a quick morning photo.
Yeni Cami means ‘new mosque’, but is anything but new. It was built in the 17th century, and still forms one of the main architectural landmarks of Istanbul. I clicked around for a bit, and then took the metro to the Esenler Otogar. Finding a bus from her to Bursa is a piece of cake.
After reaching Bursa by evening, and exchanging pleasantries with Ibrahim, I managed to hurry out few hostel bookings for Budapest, where I am heading in a week. And also got the time to do a quick laundry.
And for the first time on this trip, I also cleaned my back pack. I smell like roses now!