I’ve already come to this stage in life where I just yearn for life’s simplest pleasures.
When I travel, I now tend to buy less things than I used to. Oh I’d still be buying books (comic graphic novels mostly) but I’d be more concern in taking in the sights, sampling some nice bites and beverages wherever I might be at that time.
Istanbul was one of the places I’ve visited and I enjoyed being there. Maybe someday I’ll post some pictures of my trip once I get the pics from my wife. Or maybe I’ll just cheat and present images from the Net. How else should I preserve my anonymity if I ever used actual pics?
Anyway, here are some samples of places that I’ve visited so far during my lifetime…
Yeah, this is one of the few places that we’ve visited during our trip. Amazingly solid for its age. Air circulation is very good and well thought about by its architects and builders. Though I didn’t care much about the vendors’ attitude; they don’t like you touching their items unless you have the intention of buying them. They can be quite rude.
Another place of wonder that we visited was the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. I’ve never stepped into a mosque before and my first time ever is in faraway Istanbul. I find it being very cosy inside, peaceful and a nice place to pray, meditate or reflect…
The structure is magnificent and I feel blessed having visited the place.
So far in all of my travels, I’ve found Istanbul to be most unique in the sense of being a truly modern Islamic state. The country is 98% Muslim and yet still open minded (i.e they don’t go around imposing Islam on others like some fanatical people…) about it. Another thing that I find interesting about the Turks is their immense patriotism towards their country. I mean they love themselves so much that you can tell on how they carry themselves. They reminded me some of the characters from a HBO mini series Rome. Robust in their ways and very friendly as well. They tend to speak out their minds.
Anyway, I gotta go. I’ll be posting more about Istanbul later.
Most probably I’ll be looking into the Ottoman Empire.