I feel lıke I am home agaın. The coolness of a concrete room. The 1 light in the middle of the ceiling. No closet. Back on the road and home. My room has a balcony and is really clean. The bathroom is shared, but tha is OK. There are very few people in my hotel, so I have the bathroom to myself.
LESS THAN A WEEK. 1 BOOK READ
I have finished my first book. I only finished one book in the whole time I was in the USA. The quality of my style of life is down. The quality of how I am spending my day is up.
Turkey is Empty. Lots of bargains as it appears most of the Western world has decided not to come to Turkey for the Summer. Istanbul could use your support and they need it more than the countries in western Europe thats main claim to fame is that they have been occupied by foreign armies on a regular basis.
I am on an Island. I am sure I am on an island of culture. This cannot be normal. The world here is too polite and clean. I am living on a center of tourism street for Istanbul. The street is called Sultanahmet. It is the Turkey version of the Bangkok, Thailands "Khao San Road."
I try to live in the center of the mess of a city. The place where people do not care that I am there.
All the people care that I am here, and wish to promote my happiness. That normally means that I am in a way too much tourist area. I happened to walk down the hill and found some normal existence. What a relief. I thought I was surrounded by tourist. But very close, but a little hard to realize and find, and I can make an escape from the culture of toursim to the culture of Turkey.
Life is good. Food is great.
Where I live?
I am mixed in a confused price range.
The Four Season and the Best Western are my neighbors.
I have found a potential place of my next jump.
Maybe to the beach or city called Olympos.
They have huts or room that are in the trees. At least that is the way it is portrayed. It is on the Mediterranean and about 17 hour bus ride south of Istanbul. It would be a great fat farm place to lose the extra pounds and get some exercise and lose the pounds I gained in the USA.
I do not really want a beard. But for the sake of looking older and less like a soldier. I am growing a beard. I can cut it off faster than I can grow it.
Was trying to convince Canadian girl to go to Iraq with me.
I was say,
"I can sell you to the Iraq men for my safety."
"It would have to be at least 100 camels...
And red ones."
Like I know the difference in value between a normal camel and a red one.
I may be able to help on the difference in cows. Being I am from rural Indiana.
My Harvard friend was in Russia. He said you could pay to use a bazooka to blow up a cow.
Now the people that want to do this for fun...
Are certifiably crazy.
My friend from Russian that lives in Iraq said the border with Turkey may be closed.
I will probably still go see if I bounce off of it.
There are 2 large Mosque close to my Hotel. Both are tourist type Mosque. But they are very large and the architecture is spectacular.
The travelers in Istanbul are high quality so far. Here for the culture and to see the sights. Most are balanced mentally and not out to save the world by critisizing. In fact I met a Canadian girl last night that was disappointed in Canada that they did not support the USA in the Iraq war. Saying, "Sometime war is necessary."
She is from Toronto and use the word "Pop" and not "Soda" to describe soft drinks.