I've been in the whirlwind today, trying to fit in as much of Istanbul as I can before I leave (do I wish I'd been a little more energetic the first several days? You bet your sweet bippy.) It's rounding up on 9 pm and it's been about 11 hours since I left the hotel this morning. This is what I did.
2. Walk along the trolley route, stopping at Cafe Home Made for Iskander Kebab in a pretty groovy setting.
3. Continue to walk along the trolley route, eventually veering off to head toward the spice market, where I had my first tastes of Turkish delight. Now that's some good stuff! The smell of the spice market temporarily blocked the less than Turkish delightful smell that every toilet here seems to have (even the ones that aren't squatters...I've spent more of my disinfectant wipes on toilet seats than I have on my hands).
Speaking of dance, I haven't seen any in Istanbul. I feel kind of lame about it, but every "show" that involves belly dance is over 50 Euro, and I can't bring myself to pay that much for a mediocre dinner and a variety show, most of which isn't belly dancing, just to watch a dancer that may not even be as good as me. Maybe this is pessimistic of me. I almost signed up for the Bosphorus night cruise (heading up the strait toward the Black Sea), since for around $90 it involved the cruise, the dinner, and the show, but I just decided that if I want to be able to go and do and see in Egypt, I better not overextend myself here. Belinda and I both feel pretty good about that decision.