It has been a wonderful day! Some turbulence on the way here, but our guide was ready and waiting to show us his city. This is from HUGer Grant W.:
The first day in Istanbul was a success. We arrived in the early afternoon and hit the ground running. On the bus ride to our first stop, the Grand Bazaar, I was astonished by the amount of mosques. Before coming to the city, I knew there were somewhere around 3000 mosques for the 17 million residents. However, I didn't expect to see dozens every time I looked out of the window.
Once we arrived at the Grand Bazaar, an overwhelming amount of smells and sights rushed to meet me. Around 200,000 people visit this shopping place throughout a given day. This being the case, thousands of people were there looking through the many items available. The one that caught my attention (or really my nose) was the tea. The tea shops just oozed incredible smells. It was quite the experience.
We then took a boat ride on the Asia/Europe border (Istanbul being the only city to span two continents). On this ride, we were able to see so many incredible buildings from a good distance out, drink apple tea, and get soaked by rain.
To finish up the day, we had an authentic Turkish meal consisting of many appetizers, grilled chicken or fish, and fruit. Now this fish wasn't just a filet. It was the whole fish--skin, head, and everything else. We were surrounded the entire meal in great music and a great atmosphere. It was a pretty good day.
|Harding University in Greece||
HUG fall 2015