I’M BACKKKKK… Did you miss me? I’m sure you did… Hell even I missed me!!! Ja just kidding, but yup I’m back and more pumped than ever to share my life with the world. If you were wondering where I went… I let ya know in my last post I was gonna take a week or two off to enjoy my time here in Turkey. The last few days have been A-FUCKING-MAZING. I have had so much fun & have so much to share that I have no clue where to even start. I guess I will start with how I spent my New Years. As you all may know I was not going to be spending it alone… My girls from Barcelona were going to meet me here to ring in the New Year together. Sadly one of them couldn’t make it and she was missed, but the rest of us had a blast. After picking them up from our meeting point settling in at the hostel and getting ready to party… this is how our night went!!!
We made our way to Istiklal Avenue just around the corner from our hostel. One of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day. New Years was no exception… it was a cold rainy day, but that didn’t stop anyone from coming out.
EEEEeeeeeeeee Meri, Laura & I as we are walking through Istiklal Ave. We seriously couldn’t believe that we were together in ISTANBUL… just fucking crazy how we met in Morocco, hung out in Barcelona and now in Istanbul.
We got lost in the back streets of the Avenue as we tried to find something to eat. It was already 10pm so we wanted to hurry and get some thing fast to start drinking and make it to Taksim Square to watch the fireworks.
In the end we walked into a hole in the wall and had a Chicken Durum Kepab… it wasn’t the best, but it did it’s job!!!
We than walked into a random bar and got our drinking on!!! The 1st drinks of the night…
View from the random bar we walked in…
After the drink we made our way to Taksim Square to count down with everyone & ring in the new year. It was crazy jam packed with so many people. I couldn’t believe it & was filled with joy!!! Sadly because of the rain the fireworks were cancelled. It was still nice to ring it in with so many people.
We came prepared by buying grapes earlier in the day to make sure we each had 12 grapes to eat. It’s both a Mexican and Spanish tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. You make a wish for each grape you eat… the 12 grapes reflect the 12 months of the year.
After the stroke of midnight and a short search we found a 5 story club to kick the partying off.
CHEERS TO THE FREAKING NEW YEARS!!!
Turkish people sure do know how to party… we were having a blast dancing the night away.
Yup more drinking…
Celebrations inside the club were high… everyone was just having a blast!!!
It was already past 3am and we were barely getting started… we did a bit of club hopping when we ended up in ZARIFE… the club pictured above.
The club was packed and the music was amazing… we were having the time of our live’s!!!
SHOTS… SHOTS… & MORE SHOTS!!!
I love TEQUILA… but it makes me make this face when I take a SHOT…lol!!!
I know HOT huh…?
I have a horrible habit of being buzzed and then buying everyone shots… lol!!! Yeah tese weren’t cheap, but worth it. I had to have some TEQUILA tonight… it had been a while!!!
I love the world it is amazing & I love these girls. They have become a part of my life…
Las amo un chingo… carbonas!!!
Oopps more drinks… this time we didn’t buy them though. A Turkish guy we met invited us to these. Moments later around 5am they closed the bar. We were ready to call it a night even though many other clubs were still going full steam. We were exhausted we were all on only a few hours of sleep.
Since we didn’t finish all our drinks at the bar… we managed to sneak a glass out and kept drinking on the street. Ahh look at the guy in the middle… isn’t he fucking HOT??? I’m telling you TURKISH MEN ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! Oh & this was taken infront of a group of cops.
Even though we were ready to call it a night… the Turkish guy who invited us to the last beer wasn’t. He invited us to some Turkish delights. We sobered up quickly with some Turkish Coffee and some…
Turkish baklava… if you have never had either… you are missing out. It’s amazing… & so damn good!!!
After all that we finally managed to get our semi drunk/sober selfs to the hostel.
It was 6:56am when we finally got in bed.
As I mentioned before… 2011 was no doubt the best year of my life… I know crazy right, but it really was. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end it and ring in 2012! I spent it with some amazing friends, in an amazing city having the time of my life. I know 2012 is going to be just as amazing if not better. I’m sitting here in my hostel in Istanbul after a 13 hour bus ride from Cappadocia drinking some Turkish Tea with a huge smile on my face. I can’t stop smiling and thinking about how blessed I am to be able to do this. I know I am the one that made it happen, but ahhh I just can’t help but be thankful. The world is amazing and I am glad I am getting to know it. Even if it’s just a small portion. I will be spending the next few days in Istanbul catching up on blog and enjoying some down time. I serioulsy can’t wait to share what all I have been up to with y’all. I am in love with Turkey… it has blown me away. The last 10 days have been amazing, intense & I know I need this mini break before I head to Cairo, Egypt on Monday.
Enough about me and my New Year… I wanna know all about yours (but do tell me what you think of mine…lol). How did you celebrate yours? I shared 24 photos from my New Years… now I want to see yours too! Post your favorite photo from New Years on my Facebook Fanpage for everyone to see!!! Anyone can post a photo… you don’t have to have a blog to share.
Oh & in case you were wondering what my New Years Resolution is it is:
“To continue living life on my terms and just being happy.”