Turkey

After spending a few lazy days in Antalya and Bodrum, I headed to Istanbul to finish off the Turkish leg of my round-the-world adventure. All the guidebooks will warn you about experiencing extreme culture shock upon arriving in Istanbul; stepping into the streets of the huge city, you’re immediately greeted with people in every direction, chaotic traffic, and a hundred different smells and sounds.

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Turkey has been on my must-see list for years; I remember being enthralled with its history as a girl while playing Carmen Sandiego, and friends’ more recent tales of its beauty and charm only enticed me more. When I finally set foot on Turkish soil in Cappadocia, it felt as though a piece of my life puzzle was finally falling into place.

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