I’ll leave tomorrow…

Thats what I’ve been telling people for about a week now. And I’m still here. Istanbul, I love it! What an amazing city.bosphorus sunset I didn’t look forward cycling in a city of 16million people but I had a great time coming in. I guess I learned some useful cycling skills trying to avoid the traffic back in Italy…Impressive, Aya Sofia
And I have to say the turkish drivers seem to be more considerate for a bike on the road. Except the dolmus-drivers… they’re just mad.selling sandwiches
When I asked directions to a policemen he invited me to have a tea and I left with his nr just incase I would run into trouble wich of course hasn’t happened. yet.Galata bridge

I normally don’t like cities and avoid them as much as possible. I came here to get my Iranian visa and didn’t know how long I would have to wait around for it. But I arrived on friday, received the authorisation code on sunday, left my passport at the embassy on monday and went to collect it on Tuesday.for the Iranian visa But I was told they didn’t have my passport and did I just leave it without getting a receipt or something… Trying to scare me, but it didn’t work. his smirk gave him away. So in a great mood I walked back to the hostel and had a coffee at Starbucks on the way… my first time ever, and it was great! After lots of instant and turkish coffee, which is ok but nothing compared to a beautiful proper cappuccino.. yumthree men at the mosque

Of course I’ve been around to see the sights, and following my uncles good advise I took a ferry across to a little island where I tried out my new snorkeling gear, been thinking of buying that cycling along the Greek coast and finally I did. So I hope to find some nice spots along the black sea coast in the next couple of weeks.these are everywhere

I’ve met some great people staying here at Mavis guesthouse where I’ve been sleeping on the roof with a view of the Aya Sofia. Its gorgeous! lit up at night with birds circling above it. And beat all the boys that work here and the owner at tavla 😎 (backgammon) Few nights ago I met a dragoman-tour group. they were about to set off on an overland trip to Kathmandu. We went to a restaurant and smoked a water-pipe… not my thing...which isn’t my thing I have to say… but I guess the pic says it all….

And now I’m really leaving tomorrow… really really.the Grand Bazaar
……………….
or maybe wednesday.Blue Mosque

15 thoughts on “I’ll leave tomorrow…

  1. LOL @ die foto met die waterpijp 😀

    Maar die hoofdoek staat je goed!

    Je gaat niet via Ankara heh? Anders had ik misschien nog een overnachtingsadresje voor je…

    Goeie reis verder!

  2. Hello again, jeez, you’d think I’ve nothing better to do! But I just had to say if you stick around Istanbul a bit longer go and hunt out the whirling dervishes, I think they dance/play/pray every 2nd Sunday. Wonderful & weird. PS Loving that Iranian chic girlfriend!

  3. ik ken je niet maar volg jou via de p.c.
    wat een moed en wat een doorzetter ben jij zeg. geweldig.moeders trots he?
    maar let goed op jezelf en tot de volgende keer toy toy
    groetjes corry

  4. Hello there!

    I just got your top message on my web site. Thankyou for words of encouragement it helps ALOT!

    Oh I remember the Mavi guest house alot….is it them who gave you my address?

    Just to tilt the balance I am also VERY impressed by your cycling exploits. Amazing!

    Good luck (well to both of us I guess *smile*) on the next bit of this wonderfull life we are living!

    Glen.
    (glen.saberton@googlemail.com)

    p.s. where you goin after Iran?

  5. Hallo Mirjam

    Bij onze buurvrouw op de pc jou reisverslag gelezen.Wat een onderneming joh.Wij zullen je nu ook gaan volgen, heel leuk.
    groetjes en goede reis Tante Miep en Els

  6. HALLO MIRJAM,
    WAT EEN AVONTUREN BELEEF JE TOCH, ISTANBUL KEN IK NIET WEL TURKIJE MAAR ER ZIJN ZULKE MOOIE PLEKKEN, IK HEB LAATST EEN LEZING OVER ISTANBUL MEEGEMAAKT EN DAAR LIETEN ZE VEEL DIA’S ZIEN VAN DE PLEKKEN VAN JOUW FOTO’S EN BELEVENISSEN.
    VERDER IS HET VERKEER INDERDAAD LEVENSGEVAARLIJK IEDEREEN SCHEURT ALLE KANTEN OP, VERDER DE HEERLIJKE KOFFIE ZOVEEL SOORTEN VAN STARBUCK’S.
    TOT ZOVER WEER BEDANKT VOOR ALLE INFORMATIE EN WENS JE EEN BEHOUDEN VAART (FIETS) VOOR JE VOLGENDE AVONTUUR.

    HARTELIJKE GROETEN VAN; Tante Riet uit Maassluis.

  7. Hai,
    Mooie hoofddoek!
    Hier regent het heel hard vandaag. En ik heb de tussentijdse toets voor mn rijexamen net gehaald tot mijn grote verbazing. Ben benieuwd of je inmiddels weer aan het fietsen bent. Ik ga vanavond naar apeldoorn, dus dan zal ik het wel horen.
    X
    Esther

  8. Hello, (I can’t find your name on your site – sorry).
    Just looking at your trip – lovely.
    Wonder if you could help me seeing that you are/were in Istanbul. I am currently in China, cycling from Beijing to Istanbul as Part 1 of a Beijing to Paris ride ( http://www.beijingtoparis.com ) – you can see my website under Heather.
    I am trying to find out if it is possible to actually cycle across the bridge over the Bosphorus. I figured that would be a nice dramatic end to this first part of the trip. Looks like its a multi-lane highway!

    If you can help me, my email is
    heatherburge at hotmail dot com

  9. Hi ya Mirjam- glad you enjoyed Istanbul -I love it too, especially all the different calls to prayer. I’m sure you found the bazaar – luckily you have the weight factor to consider or you’d be spent up on carpets and things. I hope you are going to Cappadocia in your travels -Ergup,underground cave cities, etc, etc but that’s along way yet.

    Mind the dogs in the villages they do have diseases.

    I went to Gallipolli – very poignant for Aussies and NZanders as so many young boys are buried there as a result of the stupidity that we still indulge in….

    I hope you get the chance for a hamman – there’s always a womens session – it will help with sore muscles and you’ll be squeeky clean – most villages even have them.

    Some of us have to work so good luck and keep on trucking – great photos – look out for storks too!

    Lindaxxx

  10. Hoi Mirjam, goed te lezen dat het gelukt is met je iraanse visa! Wat een geweldige stad he, wij gaan er zeker nog een keer terug om het ontbrekende stuk van Istanbul naar Holland te fietsen. Iran ga je zeker geweldig vinden, vooral de gastvrijheid van de mensen is werkelijk geweldig! Wij zijn nog steeds in Nepal, we gaan nog 3 weken helpen bij ons project hier en dan op naar thailand om van daar naar Tibet te kunnen fietsen. Heel veel plezier daar en pas op jezelf. Groetjes Petra en Wim

  11. lieve Mirjam hier weer een berichtje uit
    Lleystad.Alles gaat nog steeds goed met ons.Wat fijn dat je nu zo geweldig aan het fietsen bent.Je hebt lang genoeg in
    Istanboel gezeten en ben je goed uitgerust.Ik vond het heel fijn om je stem te horen door de telefoon.Je ouders
    zijn nu ook met vakantie en blijven nog
    wel een poosje weg.Wij bekijken ook regel
    matig je fotos en zo blijven we goed op de hoogte.Heel veel fietsplezier ook van
    opa en een dikke kus van oma xxxxxx

  12. hey green elf, whats the route to iran. it looks like you will go through the middle and keep sort of northish. i really recommend the north coast but also really recommend sanli urfa, just one of the best places that we’ve ever been. thats in the south and east and probably hot as hell for cycling…. diyarbakir is probably one of the most similar places to derry in the world….. well its a walled city and its the homeland of the pkk, read ira.

    http://www.hostel-edinburgh.com

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