What I Did On My Vacation*

*And by ‘vacation’ I mean ‘trip.’ Semantics, I know, but there is a difference.

Old Istanbul and the "new" mosque.
Old Istanbul and the “new” mosque.

I . . .

  • cruised the Bosphorus.
  • explored the Hagia Sophia (complete with ancient Viking graffiti) and Topkapı Palace.
  • fell in love with the Basilica Cistern.
  • discovered the Istanbul equivalent of Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the 350 year old Egyptian Spice Market.
  • Darkened a few shades so that at least parts of me are no longer glow-in-the-dark white.
  • found a spark of incentive to get in shape while watching tennis pros at practice (we’ll see how long this lasts).
  • managed not to die in traffic. Holy hell.
  • took two non-writing days.
  • learned not to say “um” when trying to think of a word or make a decision, since that means “vagina” in Turkish.

Travel is awesome. The end.

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