In college the opportunity arose for a trip to Greece and Turkey. As I mentioned before, going to Greece was a lifelong dream of mine, so naturally I applied for trip and was ecstatic when I was accepted on the abroad.
It’s embarrassing to admit, but I knew nothing about Turkey.
I knew that Istanbul was at one time Constantinople and known for trade, but my knowledge stopped there. I’ll never forget my first moments in Istanbul. As someone born with the travel bug, the opportunity to travel abroad was a dream come true in itself. I knew the trip would be great, but had no idea how it would change my life.
After navigating the airport and customs of Ataturk International, we rode a train into the city and then a trolley. We walked through an underground market of some sort and then walked up a flight of stairs near our hotel by the Blue Mosque. The moment we walked up the stairs, leaving the busy market, and seeing our first views of the Blue Mosque, while hearing the call to prayer is a moment that cannot be forgotten and can hardly be described.
I believe that moment typifies every moment that followed – it was a moment that touched every part of my being – the sights, the sounds, the smells… beautiful and rich – layered and foreign.
Here’s just a taste through photography –
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