When I was planning my escapade from any sort of mention of my birthday in the US (I love attention, said no INTJ ever), I had one thing in mind: going home and doing absolutely nothing which (as usual) I awesomely failed at. Case in point? While at it, I figured I'd take advantage of one of the best things about Europe (its tiny size) and take a quick 4-hour drive to one of the greatest cities in the world.... Istanbul. So here is how I got to spend my (30th) birthday:
- I walked 22,000+ steps throughout Istanbul in one day, visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, the Grand Bazaar and everything and anything in between.
- Yet I still somehow managed to gain a good 5 pounds in that one day because the food is just that good there.
- I took the longest possible taxi ride anyone would ever willingly sign up for (3.5 hrs) to get to dinner. Well, scratch that, it was not willingly. Istanbul traffic is intense!
- But, I got to experience the most amazing birthday dinner I could ever imagine (chef's choice for every bite and sip is a sure way of getting the finest (and, ahem, priciest) items on the menu).
- And most importantly, I got to spend my birthday with the people I love the most in this world.
While there, I also got to capture some of my favorite things about Istanbul (and sadly, no, I still haven't found a way to digitally capture aromas and tastes): the city's gorgeous and awe-inspiring textures, colors, and shapes...
I'd say this is one heck of a way to close out the first 30 years of one's life! Now I am just hoping the next 30-40-50-60 years are just as fun! And... there is so much more to share from this amazing trip (e.g. the 1,987,267,473,864 pictures I took). Coming soon!