Posted on by Wedad Amiri

January 23, 2016

*Sorry for the late post. I have been extremely sick after my trip (not from my trip though lol)

We were off to our next country, which was Turkey where we landed in Istanbul. Our first day we were there I was STARVING! Anytime I leave North America I try my hardest to stay away from any type of meat. My whole trip in Jordan I had zero meat but when I got to Turkey I just wanted some meat so that is exactly what I did. WORST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. I was sick pretty much for the whole five days I was there lol. 

Istanbul is absolutely breathtaking. It is full of history and culture, it is well maintained and clean. My favorite part about being in a Muslim country is hearing the call to prayer. Both in Jordan and Turkey the sound just humbles your heart. You see everyone leaving their stores and rushing to pray, which was really cool to see. I didn't have time to take that many pictures in Turkey because I just was not feeling good. I have a few outfit shots but not many. 

One thing that I found quite intriguing was that barely anyone understood or spoke English it was a struggle at times. The markets were beautiful and overwhelming because there are over 4000 different shops, which most of them all sell the same things. The one thing that I did not like about Istanbul, which really turned me off were the men that worked at the markets and restaurants. The amount of catcalling was overwhelming, it wasn't a good look. 

We went to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Museum, Taksim Square, and a boat ride around the Bosphorous. When I walked into the Blue Mosque I was speechless, it was just so beautiful. The intricate art work and architecture were mind blowing. Furthermore, Hagia Sophia was just as beautiful as the Blue Mosque. It was amazing to see how both Islam and Christianity lived side by side. You constantly hear about it but it was nice to actually see it in Hagia Sophia. Topkapi museum was mind blowing, you see stuff like Moses staff, pieces that belonged to the Prophet, and gifts that were given to each other at that time. I really felt proud being a Muslim. 

It was quite sad to hear the recent news about the bombing in Istanbul. Our hotel was literally a block away, we spent a lot of time in that area. It's such a historic area that it was emotional to know someone would risk the beauty and history of it as well as human lives. 

Another thing I loved about Istanbul are the animals. The people of Turkey really take care of their animals. The government makes sure every animal has their shots. The animals are so friendly. I am super scared of dogs lol but I was able to just chill out by them and pet them, it was awesome. 

If you are planning on visiting Turkey and wondering what hotel to stay at, we stayed at Sura design hotel. The people were awesome and both breakfast and lunch are included which is a pretty sweet deal. The hotel is literally in the heart of Istanbul. We didn't rent a car we mainly walked the whole time and took a cab for long distances. 

If you have any other questions about Istanbul please ask away!

Jacket: Zara Fur: Forever 21 Jeans: Forever 21 Shoes: Charles and Keith