7/3/13 - 7/20/13
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I wish I had something exciting to share about what I did during my second, partial day in Istanbul. But I don't. I think the heat and confusion of the first day were just too much for me to face for a second day. So I took it easy, relaxing at a nearby park, drinking coffee, finding wifi so that I could reassure my parents that I was still alive and brag to my brothers that I was in Istanbul.
As the ship left Istanbul that afternoon, I found a quiet spot at the back of the ship and just watched as the ship slowly moved away from the city. It was breathtaking. There are not words to adequately describe the vastness of the city, which I could not truly appreciate until then. I sat silently, the city stretching as far as I could see on both sides of the Bosphorus and up into the surrounding hills, listening to the afternoon call to prayer hauntingly sound throughout the city. It was almost like time stopped. There was only me and the city, which seemed so peaceful, so unlike the vibrant, chaotic place I knew it to be.
That evening, we sailed along the Turkish coastline toward Kusadasi (Ephesus). From my balcony, I watched another glorious sunset. For a while, a pod of dolphins playfully swam alongside the ship. It was such a perfect moment, I couldn't help but begin to mentally plan my next trip to Turkey.