Days 6 and 7 — Istanbul, Turkey

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Audrey’s friend Selen met us in Taksim to help us get to our hostel and go out for dinner. Selen just graduated from Koç University with a degree in Chemical Engineering too!

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Taksim is the new district in Istanbul and includes Istiklal street which is pedestrian only and houses many of the major shops that are available in Istanbul. This is also where the nightclubs and bars are. We were out until 3am getting Audrey’s friend Aida to her hotel and the street was still packed.

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The serpentine column at the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome is the Roman chariot racetrack. The column dates to 300 AD.

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This is Hagia Sophia which was originally a church, then a mosque, and now a museum.

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Audrey, Anna and me in front of the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet.

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Aida, Anna, me, and Audrey in front of the Blue Mosque.

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Inside Hagia Sofia.

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The pulpit is where the imam (Muslim Priest) calls the prayers from inside Hagia Sophia.

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Christian mosaics in Hagia Sophia.

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The view from Topkapı palace. This is the Bosphorus and the bridge connects Europe (left) and Asia (right).

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The center of the world according to the Byzantine empire!

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