The fact of the matter is, I can’t handle coffee. The caffeine keeps me awake and makes my mind wander. So here I am. Wide awake. The only company I have right now are my thoughts.
Sometimes I don’t know what I have become. You know when you suffer from slight identity crisis? I’m having one of those episodes. I always thought I was really good at keeping in touch with people. But how very wrong was I. As time goes on, I realise how many people I have left behind. Be it for the right reasons or wrong. I’m finding that relationships are so difficult to maintain. Making the effort, going that extra mile and keeping in touch can become an impossible task when you’re interwined with soaky tasks and chores. My cousin said to me the other day ‘life gets in the way’ and I wonder whether he’s right. Is it that life takes over? Or is it that people no longer become a priority?
Coming from a South Asian background usually tends to be quite chaotic in various aspects. Our lives are never simple or easy. There is always some drama, a strangers wedding, family quarrels, lots of funerals and unnecessary gossiping. I know you may be thinking that’s the norm in all families, but South Asians are generally large families, the bigger the families, the more chaos.
So over the last few weeks that’s where I have been. I’ve been attending numerous weddings and family get togethers. I’ve somehow been forced to indulge in unnecessary gossiping and back biting. But luckily for me, it’s my time to unwind this weekend.
After visiting a fair few countries over the last 12 months, Cappadocia is hands down the most incredible place I have ever visited or probably will ever visit. From the landscapes to the hot air balloon experience, I could not fault a thing. The only downfall it had for me was the food. After eating the tastiest kebabs I’ve ever eaten in Istanbul, the food was just not the same.
We only stayed two full days in Cappadocia. Here is what we covered in those days:
Day 1- we woke up early to catch the bus to the hot air ballon at 4.20am. We were driven to a restaurant where we had a not so good breakfast. Following the breakfast we went straight to the hot air balloon ride. It was the most magnificent experience. Magical and heavenly. The breeze was just perfect and the view was crystal clear.
After the hot air balloon ride, we were transported back to our hotel where we had lots of good breakfast. Once our bellies were full we decided it would be a good Idea to walk from Uchisar to Goreme. Luckily for us, it was a lovely day and the walk was refreshing.
Around 5pm we were collected from the hotel and taken to the ATV place where we were given the most hideous helmets and face masks! A and I shared the ATV and took turns which worked really well for us. Here’s some pictures of what we saw.
Hi all, so as you you know A and I went to turkey towards the end of July. We spent 3 days In Istanbul and 3 days in Cappadocia. We always tend to check in before our fights and i got extremely lucky and got upgraded to business class. We flew with Turkish airlines and their service was very impressive. I had plenty of leg room and space! However I must admit I preferred the food going back in economy!
We decided to book a hotel called “Mina Hotel” and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Istanbul. It’s clean, the location is incredible, it’s a 5 minute walk to the blue mosque, the service is pretty good, the food was pretty average and they have recently renovated it so everything looks very new and fresh.
So during the day one we did absolutely loads, despite the fact that overnight there was a attempted coup. This did not stop the tourists or the locals from going out, exploring and generally having a good time. We left the hotel around 9am and saw the following:
2- German fountains
3- Blue mosque
4- Hagia Sophia
5- Basilica Cistern
6- Topkapi Palace
6- we walked around for miles in the empty streets of the grand bazaar and spice markets.
We covered a lot in one day and were absolutely shattered by the end but it was totally worth it. Here is a collage of the things we managed to see on day 1:
Day two was slightly chilled out in comparison as we decided to walk down to the Bosphorus river and get a 2 hour boat tour. And this is what we did on day 2:
1- Bosphorus boat tour
2- Galata tower
3- Taksim square
We were slightly confused as to what we should do on day 3 as we had covered so much already. But after consulting with friends that recently visited Istanbul they recommended the following:
1- Eyup sultan mosque
2- Pierre lottie
3- explored some more of the sultanehmet area. We came across am amazing restaurant and would really strongly tell people to visit as the views are absolutely incredible. It’s a restaurant called ‘seven hills’.
For lots more pictures!
People must think ‘why on earth does she take so many pictures?’ The truth is o suffer from serious memory issues. I can barely remember my childhood and even have a tendency to forget people from my past. Hence I make an extra effort to take pictures of everything I do and everywhere I go. That way I can look back and remember certain aspects of the day or time.
I don’t claim to be an amazing photographer, nor do I claim to be an expert in taking pictures. The reality is quite the contrary, I merely take pictures for the sake of the memories. I hope you guys do enjoy them however 🙂
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Me and A went to Cappadocia after our trip to Istanbul and stayed in possibly the best hotel there is in Cappadocia. It’s fair to say it probably cost ‘A’ a bit of a fortune for us to be staying here. The funny thing is we aren’t extremely rich or come from wealthy families, but we spend without thinking. So since arriving in this beautiful hotel, people’s responses have been as follows:
“Tell me who you really are”
“That’s a very fancy hotel”
“That’s a good hotel, the best”
It’s made us cringe a little as we aren’t the type of people to brag, it’s embarrassing to say the least. Oh and it also meant that we were charged twice as much for a taxi Journey due to people assuming we are minted!
Anyway a here’s a pic of #fromwhereisit
I feel extremely blessed to be here. Alhamdulillah
I don’t quite know what to say. Other than I am a little ashamed that i haven’t fasted since Tuesday after the awful migraine incident. I’ve never felt pain like it and it lasted for 10 hours whilst I fasted. So I thought I needed to recover. But now that I didn’t fast for a few days I’ve got myself into a bit of a rut. So I am hoping that I keep a fast tomorrow and use the last 10 days to repent, learn and pray. Let’s see how that goes.