What I’ll Miss About Istanbul

I’m sure there a many great things that I will miss about living in Istanbul but here’s a list of the top things I will miss most.

  1. Calling everyone I know “canım” (literal translation: my life)
  2. Crossing the First Bridge at night and seeing the gorgeous Istanbul skyline reflecting off the Bosphorus
  3. Hearing the morning call to prayer and realizing that it’s time to go home and go to sleep
  4. Türkçe arkadaşlarım
  5. Drinking Turkish çay in the afternoons
  6. Eating street mussels on the way home after a night out in Tünel
  7. Taking people to my “secret” cafe and enjoying the view
  8. Playing and laughing with Mina and Melda
  9. Seeing people’s faces when I speak Turkish to them for the first time
  10. “Ciao bella, ciao ciao ciao!”
  11. Eating heaping bowlfuls of mantı (Turkish stuffed pasta with yogurt sauce)
  12. Riding the ferries across the Bosphorus
  13. People watching along Istiklal Caddesi and its side streets
  14. Eating home-cooked Turkish food every day
  15. Everything about Istanbul, plain and simple

© Connie Hum 2009

Categories: Istanbul

1 Comment

  • Andi says:

    Wow, it sounds extraordinary!!! I’m so happy that you had this experience. I can’t wait to visit Turkey some day (soon I hope). If I go you’ll have to tell me where your secret cafe is. :)

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