Istanbul(Sultanahamet): Cat Heaven Day 1

I get the opportunity to travel places because of my sister who works at the airline company. And the three of us(mother, sis and moi) wanted to reunite somewhere. After many consideration among multiple different locations, we came to a conclusion to tour someplace where it’s cheap. How Korean of us.

Turkey has been going through this political chaos due to the current conservative President Erdoğan. When I arrived in Turkey the inflation caused to the fixed interest rates has been gone up to about 20% alone this year. So it was good for people like me, who come from Americaaaaaaa that have US dollars can buy a lotttt of Turkish Liras. For example, the 100$ was about 460~470 Turkish Liras.

But anyways, back to my travel log. I got to use Turkish Airline with a direct flight that took 10 hrs with a staff ticket. Which means, I only pay tax and get the leftover seats. A deal and a HALF!

Met my mom at the airport in Nero Cafe, and we headed to our hotel. We couldn’t check in yet so we just headed upstairs to have our Turkish breakfast.

I asked for water and I didn’t understand the lady’s accent so she made fun of me and made my nickname to “water” and teased me every morning until we left. 🙂 The hotel kitty that lived right outside of the hotel had no name because apparently the kitty doesn’t catch any mouse thus did not deserve one 😂We walked around until we could check in.Beautiful displays of spice&perfume and a lamp store, the only thing that bothered me was that it was a very touristy area so every restaurant and every store tries to heckle you for your attention to sell stuff or to make us eat at their restaurant. Literally every store. The outside interior of Saint Sophia.

Just walked around the area to see what’s in the area.The outside of the Blue Mosque. I didn’t have a scarf to wrap my head around, so we my mom and I decided not to go in.A souvenir shop with a kitty.

And to finish off our evening, we decide to go back to one of the places that I’ve bargained earlier that day. I ended up getting the bread w/ hummus & tzatziki and tea and baklava for free. The lamb chops were amazing. And the owner was flirtatious but who doesn’t like to joke around and have a laugh ?

Hey who doesn’t like free baklava ?

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