I made it through all of my transfers ok and arrived to the airport yesterday (9/10) evening. Riding any mode of transportation is interesting in Istanbul. The bus to KU was quite large compared to the cars and other minibuses (Dolmuş—pronounced dolmush) but drove just like a 5-person car. Cars also don’t really drive in lanes—they move at will and don’t signal very often. They also use the wide shoulders as lanes to pass people. It’s definitely different than the U.S.. Here are some pictures from my first days at KU : )
The inflight GPS that my dad would have LOVED!
My dorm room (not showing my very large wardrobe closet and fridge).
Breakfast (olives, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh fruit, soft bread, sliced meat and strong cheese are all served at breakfast). I did find some stuff like Nutella that was fantastic with the bread.
Boats on the Bosphorus while riding the ferry to Asian Istanbul.
The castle we hiked to in Asian Istanbul. Turkish flags are EVERYWHERE!
The Bosphorus Straight leading into the Black Sea.
The Bosphorus and view of European Istanbul.
Public bathrooms that you pay 1 Turkish Lira (75 cents) to use.
Part of the CIEE exchange group getting beer in Asian Istanbul. The waiter was very friendly and even bartered with us on pricing.