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Evening naps, road rage, buildings

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  • **This was written (as the rest of the blogs posted earlier today) the night of July 11-12. Due to lack of internet they were only published now.***

Ugh.... It's 5AM local time and I can't sleep (tried for about an hour then decided to blog). I took a nap around 7pm, and asked Sue to wake me up before 8 or not at all. Sue woke me at 9:30, and so I won't sleep tonight. This happens every time I take an evening nap. I'm getting sleepy now but have to get up in an hour and a half so I don't think I'll bother.

On the road a car almost hit a bike, honked, the bike guy yelled, and then they got into a shouting match, blocking 2 lanes of traffic (car 2 lanes over, bike on sidewalk, 1 lane can pass between them). They keep yelling at each other as traffic goes (slowly) between them. One of the cars that passes is a police car. It just passes (slowly) between them.

The restaurants near under the bridge are said to be good. They are extremely touristy and expensive (though they offer cheap fish bread, which isn't on the menu). We didn't go. We had fish bread near the bridge, with the view in the pic a few posts above. On the Asia side there's a fresh fish shop and a few restaurants, we almost went to the last one on the waterfront, seemed popular with the locals.

Many buildings in prime locations (waterfront close to the tram) are falling apart and seem to be unoccupied except the bottom floor (retail). I would be interested to know why. I'm guessing they're horribly expensive to maintain and can't be torn down because they're historical so the owners are waiting for them to be beyond repair (and thus no choice but to redevelop), but that's a complete guess.

I think I've found the least ethical business that falls within the bounds of the law and isn't very profitable. There was a guy selling birdseed outside of a mosque. Here's a picture of pigeons at said mosque, the only time I recall seeing more than 5 at a time. This pic also demonstrates that I learned to use a feature in Photoshop.

Ok I'm going to bed. No internet, so this will get uploaded when it gets uploaded. Awake in 1 hour.

Posted by chrisvasil 13:04 Archived in Turkey Tagged tourist_sites

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