“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will not caption the photos like I do on my “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me. I have also numbered them in case you want to leave a comment about a specific photo.
I know what you are thinking… “Umm Jaime 9 days anywhere is not a layover. That is a vacation or hell even a sabbatical for some.” Well the reason I am calling my 9 days in Istanbul a layover is because it was my transition period… I knew after spending 3 months living in Cairo and saying good bye to him and the Egypt I love so much I needed some time for myself in a city I loved. I needed that time so I can just soak up all my thoughts and wallow in my mini depression. I needed that time so I can get back in the backpacker mode. I also needed that time to think about the beginning of the end. My next stop was BANGKOK… and that meant I would be starting the last leg of my trip. A few months in SouthEast Asia and then I will be going home. Well that is all that Istanbul really was for me… during those 9 days I did a lot of thinking and a few other things.
I spent New Years in Istanbul and then fell in love and kept dreaming of Istanbul so it felt good to arrive somewhere already knowing how to get around. I arrived with my friend Jason who I met on the road in Dahab over 6 months ago also in Istanbul. 1st thing we did together was have him cut my hair… and then enjoyed some nights out. I then spent a few days on the Asian side of Istanbul with one of my readers (now great friend) offering me some amazing Turkish Hospitality (thank you for everything Gule). She showed me a lot of the Asian side I hadn’t seen before and loved it. The more I saw of Istanbul the more I fell in love with it. Then the last few days I spent them being a tourist… I had been to Istanbul 3 times, but had never been inside the Hagia Sophia so finally did that. I also did some shopping for me, my family and friends back home at the Grand Bazar and sent a box home full of goodies. Then on my last 2 days in Istanbul… I really just did nothing and was okay with that… I just gathered my thoughts before the start of my next adventure a few months in SouthEast Asia. I leave here with a few of the photos I managed to capture during my 9 days in Istanbul.
Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.
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