Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate breakfast: (shall we?)

  • Bread with Rose Jam & Feta Cheese
  • Plain (goaty) yogurt with Lychee sauce, dried apricots & figs
  • Tomato & Cucumber with Swiss Cheese
  • Triangle Cheese with Cream Cheese on Feta Cheese
  • Egg in egg dish

Then on to explore the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Aya Sofia, the old city Cicern (each column different and “recycled” from previous Greek monuments), to find lunch (a vegetarian in Turkey…) and even have time to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee.

(I’ve been here one day and I’ve already run through one of my three batteries. Why didn’t I pack my charger?)

Still a little jet-lagged (exhausted from only a few hours sleep in the last 2 days, stolen mainly on the flight over), so my intension is to nap away a fragment of the scarce hours I have in Istanbul to be able to keep my wits about me as I listen to a Bach concert: Goldberg Variations(!) performed inside Hagia Eirine (at Topkapi), the first Byzanntine church built in Istanbul. 

But just now I’ve been handed the sweetest little vase of tea (hourglass shape, no handle, four inches tall, clear glass) filled with warm amber liquid. “Teşekkür ederim,” I reply (“thank you”) which has taken me three days of practicing to actually be able to pronounce it, let alone remember it when confronted with the appropriate situation. Sitting patiently on the ceramic saucer is Bal Küpü küp şeker (sugar) and a four-inch-tall, thimble-of-a-spoon nestled beside that.

And I sit back. What’s the rush? I can sleep back in California.

§324 · June 7, 2007 · Couch-hop, Location-Location · · [Print]

2 Comments to “A Day in Istanbul”

  1. bob says:

    now i am getting jealous. who was the pianist? played like the young Glenn Gould (fast) or old Glenn Gould (slow)?

    and the thimble-of-a-spoon?

    damn.

  2. Shannon says:

    No pianist. Tribute to Glenn Gould. Goldberg Variations, BWV988

    Mischa Miasky – yöneten, violonsel (director & violoncello)
    Julian Rachlin – keman (violin)
    Maxim Rysanov – viyola (viola)

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