Hooray for Saturdays! Finally, I got to sleep-in. Most weeknights I stay up late because I think to myself I don't have to do anything stressful or demanding tomorrow. I did have plans today; I made sure they were at a decent time though.
Joy and I ventured to the Prince's Islands. We caught a bus to Kadikoy, where we caught the ferry to the islands. There are 4 main islands: Kinaliada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, and Buyukada. We only walked around Buyukada - we heard it was the best one. There wasn't much to do there except eat, walk, and enjoy the beautiful buildings. It was a very touristy area, but enjoyable all the same!
Boats (and hoes?)
Beach at Kinaliada
Fruits and veggies at the market
Veggies at the market
AHH! Nightmares of carpet salesmen came back when I saw this place!
No cars! *Except for police officers
I think this one was a hostel
It's common to see translations misspelled on menus. TOO funny
We decided that it was time to head back, and the plan was to go shopping in Kadikoy before we got on the bus back home. Well, that would've happened had we not both fallen asleep only to wake up when we were pulling away from the dock we were supposed to get off of. The ferry to the islands starts at Kabatas, goes across to the Asian side, stops at Kadikoy, and then stops at all of the islands. Overall it takes a little over an hour (or so) to make the trip. We ended up in Kabatas dazed and confused as to what we were going to do. Joy asked a random guy for help, who pointed us in the direction of another docking station. We caught a mini-bus from Uskudar to our dorm without shopping. Bummer.
Besides the crappy re-route home, I'd say it was a pretty good day. Especially because when we were stopped at one of the ports I looked down into the water and saw...JELLYFISH! They were so cool!!!! I felt like I was in Finding Nemo or something. I've never seen them in the wild before that I can recall. Definitely the highlight of my day.
Can you spot the jellyfish?
One of my friends mentioned that I had a blog about my time in Turkey, but there was no Turkish flag anywhere on this site. It's time to fix this.
This one's for you :)