Fırst impressions of Turkey


We’ve been in Turkey for about 8 hours now and thus far it has been quite impressive. We have learned a few things in these early stages of our visit that I thought were worth sharing:

  • The local beer is pretty good. It is relatively light, but that’s not a bad thing when you’re looking for ways to cool off on a hot summer day.
  • The Ukranians arriving ın Istanbul today are a bunch of schmucks. We spent about 45 minutes ın line at immigration and these guys were just awful. Some of their observations had some merit, particularly the comments about Bush once they saw our US passports, but they were still a bunch of schmucks.
  • Typing on a Turkish keyboard is a major change from a US keyboard. This post is taking a LOT longer to type, mostly because the i is in a different place on the keyboard, among other things.
  • The people here are wonderfully nice and rather photogenic. Photos will come soon, once I can get them uploaded.
  • The food is pretty darn good. Maybe it is just because we’ve been eating airplane food for the past 18 hours prıor to dinner tonight, but the meal was quite nice. And they have some street food that I cannot wait to try now that I’ve fortified my stomach a bit, particularly the mussels stuffed with spicy rice and drizzled with lemon juice. Something to look forward to for tomorrow.
  • Beıng on vacation is way better than working, even if I am doing a bit of work on the road.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .
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