Turkey Travel: Exploring Istanbul for the Very First Time

Monday, July 03, 2017 1 Comments

Turkey Travel: Exploring Istanbul for the Very First Time 
With one hand, I can clearly count the times when I had spontaneously booked a trip miles and miles away from where I’m at. What can I say, despite my wanderlust, I am still a planner by default. But but but, having said that, I’d like to clap my one hand with the other for taking that fortuitous chance with Turkey, and booking that ticket without any form of hesitation. It’s certainly by far the best spontaneous ticket purchase I had, one of the places I’d truly recommend to visit more than once.

Eurasia meets Mediterranean Europe – this is what Turkey is all about. With its teetering oceanside villages and unquestionable turquoise seas, Istanbul is obviously an all-levels kind of dangerously exciting cultural melting pot. Did you know that it’s relatively easy to get a Turkish Tourist visa? Did you know that Istanbul is all about culinary explosions of flavours and food finds? Did you know that Turkey has one of the best lyrical landscapes you can ever sing for yourself? Yes, so many shattered stereotypes and newly formed fondness for this country because of my first visit. It most likely will not be a one-off visit, as I would want to come back and visit the other parts of Turkey!

From crossing between continents, to surreal places to visit like Hagia Sofia, Cappadocia, Turkey is one of those countries you’ll misinterpret as standoffish. Maybe because of the news, or maybe because of its history, or its religion, or any of the other excuses you can quickly identify, but if truth be told, Turkey is a really beautiful country explore.

I could no longer count the times I hushed “wow”, when I wandered around and tried out every bit of Turkish delight. You can just imagine, being  bordered by eight countries: Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; Iraq and Syria to the south – the cultural inspirations in Turkey are unlike any other.

With its population that’s close to 100 million people, it seems to be overcrowded to walk around DIY style, especially in Istanbul. I found myself being mistaken as a Turkish quite a few times. All cool, I suppose. I think they aren’t wrong to assume, because it’s a fact that Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country. There’s such a thing as Asian Turkey, which includes 97 percent of the country; while the other one is the European Turkey, which is across the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles.

So yes, it’s time to join me as we sightsee around Turkey, through the upcoming visual posts on every possible corner and crevice you can see , from the POV of this an unassuming DIY Asian traveler. Lol. Turkey, I’ll come back for you!

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

For invites, reviews, or collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

1 Wandering Thoughts:

Lakshay Chandel said...

The pictures you have shared with us are really interesting and beautiful. There is a lot of different landscape in Turkey. A beautiful country to travel. http://www.voucherfollow.com/coupons/expedia-au/

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