MEMORIES OF TURKEY: A PHOTO DIARY

 All photographs taken by Jing and Tracy

#1 – BEING IN COMPLETE AWE AT THE UNDERGROUND CITY OF DERINKUYU EXPERIENCING 7 LEVELS OF UNDERGROUND FUN (AND CLAUSTROPHOBIA).

545260_10152408173545484_1432307820_n

252022_10152408174220484_764955975_n

#2 – FINDING TOPKAPI PALACE ABSOLUTELY BORING AS BATSHIT. #justsaying

582273_10152409277740484_1383976460_n

#3 – CEMENTING THE POSSIBILITY OF GROWING OLD WITH DIABETES BY VIRTUE OF HAVING ONE TOO MANY TURKISH DELIGHTS.

543431_10152408236850484_1512336500_n

BUT WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO EAT ALMONDS SOAKED IN SYRUP COVERED IN PASTRY SOAKED IN SYRUP AND THEN FROSTED ON THE TOP, WITH SYRUP?

184535_10152409277890484_1801476787_n

#4 – MEETING THE MOST INCREDIBLE BACKPACKERS EVERY SINGLE TOWN WE WENT TO!

527416_10152408230825484_2006565274_n

#5 – CELEBRATING SECULARISM.

secularism

# 6 – WEEKEND  WEEK-LONG BENDERS IN THE MANY BARS IN TAKSIM SQUARE.

393004_10152408228845484_343353317_n

#7 – …AND THEN SUFFERING ITS CONSEQUENCES.

603062_10152408183015484_2037834233_n

#8 – HITTING UP GÖZLEMES AT 5AM POST-BIG NIGHTS OUT.

542141_10152408231595484_1528216440_n

 

# 9 – GETTING SUCKED INTO BABYSITTING A COMPLETE STRANGER’S CHILD FOR AN ENTIRE DAY.

541945_10152408222950484_205281225_n

#10 – AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE LITTLE MUNCHKIN IN 5 FLAT MINUTES.

IMG_2802

 

#11 – A GLORIOUS BREAKFAST FOLLOWING A 10 HOUR BUTT-NUMBING BUS RIDE ON OUR BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE AMAZING BOSPHORUS.

538572_10152408209080484_536238294_n

JUST THE BOSPHORUS IN GENERAL, REALLY

64580_10152409278280484_698690737_n

#12 – CELEBRATING TRAVELLER TIM’S BIRTHDAY IN SELÇUK A LA TURKISH MEN STYLES.

537247_10152408203435484_168431211_n

#13 – WHICH OF COURSE, INCLUDES THE CONSUMPTION OF RAKI, SOME POTENT AS FUCK (THINK 90%) LIQUID INVENTION.

IMG_2694

#14 – TWO WORDS. TURKISH FOOD.

524726_10152409276795484_1295325775_n

… AND THE GOOD FEELINGS THAT COME WITH IT.

FOOD COMA

#15 – BEING COMPLETELY UNDERWHELMED BY THE GRAND BAZAAR. THIS ONE DID NOT RECEIVE JING AND TRACY’S STAMP OF APPROVAL.

427711_10152409275985484_206109059_n

#16 – GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THE PRESERVATION OF ANCIENT CIVILISATION AND ROMAN RUINS.

423266_10152408205165484_764827898_n

IMG_2776

207808_10152408205885484_1852076156_n

IMG_2752

#16 – …GETTING JADED WITH THE PRESERVATION OF ANCIENT CIVILISATION AND ROMAN RUINS.

IMG_2726

420989_10152409252035484_1396660886_n

68674_10152409240900484_1230566702_n

164658_10152408206690484_173304643_n

430912_10152408204865484_1848298278_n

#17 – GOBSMACKED BY CHURCHES SET INTO THE FAMOUS FAIRY CHIMNEYS.

407948_10152408181710484_564921626_n

#18 – SITTING SILENTLY IN A CORNER TO OBSERVE THE FRIDAY PRAYERS.

398022_10152408159870484_753806842_n

# 19 – GAZING DOWN ON THE VARIETY OF LIFE FROM THE ROOFTOPS OF ISTANBUL.

397767_10152408230065484_833520678_n

#20 – GETTING PHENOMENALLY EXCITED TO JUMP INTO A POOL FILLED WITH ROMAN RUINS AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RETRACTING THE DECISION ONCE WE DISCOVERED THE ADMISSION FEE OF $15 AND SEE SLEAZY, HAIRY MEN SOAKING IN IT.

388239_10152408191110484_1950554582_n

#21 – BEHOLD OUR BEAUTIFUL CAVE HOTEL SET INTO THE FAIRY CHIMNEYS IN THE ISOLATED TOWN OF GÖREME IN THE CAPPADOCCIA REGION! (ALMOST WORTH NOT HAVING WI-FI RECEPTION FOR).

307140_10152408171430484_724625384_n

#22 – A LESS-THAN-SAFE HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE ON A DAY SO FOGGY, ALL WE SAW WAS WHITE.

304597_10152408165315484_77680750_n

#23 – KEBABS AND TURKISH TEA AT 5AM. ENOUGH SAID.

293576_10152408208550484_737852053_n

 

#24 – REFLECTING ON THE MAGNITUDE AND MYRIAD TYPES OF BEAUTY OF THE WORLD WITH MY PARTNER IN CRIME.

248733_10152408172380484_115916084_n

IMG_2585

#25 – WHOLE AFTERNOONS SPENT DEEP IN CONVERSATION ABOUT LIFE IN TURKEY WITH STORE OWNERS OVER 1,000 CUPS OF ELMA ÇAY.

207765_10152408182355484_342017589_n

#26 – MIDNIGHT DRIVE INTO THE HEART OF PIGEON VALLEY TO VISIT AN ABANDONED CHURCH.

184593_10152408172080484_779707097_n

CREEPY. BUT LOOK, A PULPIT AND EVERYTHING BUILT INTO ROCK FORMATIONS. MINDBLOWN.

72245_10152408172130484_1966062777_n

#27 – THINKING THAT ISTANBUL MUST BE A CITY OF ASTOUNDINGLY HIGH LEVELS OF SEXUAL TENSION.

SPECIMEN A

(Note: I know what you’re thinking but no, that is NOT an arm on the label.)

150233_10152409277975484_1233031543_n

SPECIMEN B

(They weren’t kidding about the variety of their teas.)

IMG_2872

# 28 – THE GRANDIOSE OF THE BLUE MOSQUE IN THE FLESH.

Untitled

73302_10152408162840484_2124728733_n   

#29 – STREET CATS IN ISTANBUL. THEY’RE JUST SO MANY OF THEM. AND YOU CAN’T HELP WONDERING WHERE THEY COME FROM AND WHERE THEY ARE GOING.

58189_10152408209155484_1426607695_n

#30 – OUR MANY ATTEMPTS AT BLENDING IN.

9461_10152408174395484_693680310_n

IMG_2578

IMG_2577

#31 – INAPPROPRIATELY SHAPED NATURAL FORMATIONS. SO. MANY. OF. THEM. FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE.

6396_10152408172220484_945033871_n

252143_10152408164890484_109403944_n

IMG_2471

IMG_2586

#32 – WHIRLING DERVISHES…

25047_10152408172630484_481350706_n

#33 – BEING BLOWN AWAY BY THE INCREDIBLE INTERIOR OF HAGIA SOPHIA AND THE IMMENSE HISTORY BEHIND THIS ANCIENT HOLY STRUCTURE

IMG_2925  

IMG_2980

IMG_2923

#34 – THE BEAUTIFUL STREETS OF SULTAN AHMET, ISTANBUL

IMG_2876

  IMG_2918  

#35 – RESISTING THE URGE TO SHOP AND BEATING OURSELVES UP FOR SCHEDULING TURKEY IN AS FIRST STOP ON OUR TRAVELS.

IMG_2981 

#36 – OLIVES FOR BREAKFAST. OLIVES FOR LUNCH. OLIVES FOR DINNER. OLIVES IN YOUR APPETISER. OLIVES IN YOUR MARTINI. OLIVES, OLIVES, OLIVES. OLIVES IN YOUR POOP.

IMG_2964

 

#37 – NO FALSE ADVERTISING IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT’S FOR SURE!

  IMG_2715

#38 – MEETING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN THERE EVER WAS IN THE WORLD, HANDS DOWN (AND THEN PROCEEDING TO TAKE A PHOTO WITH OUR STALKER SKILLS).

Check out the waiter’s expression. Even he’s smitten!

HANDSOME

 

#39 – THE INCREDIBLE COTTON CASTLES OF PAMUKKALE

3377_10152408192110484_955296256_n

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s