After that, we took a ferry to the European side of Istanbul.
When we got there, we rode the trolley to the old city. We walked to Istanbul University, which is the oldest university in Istanbul. There was the Israeli protest there. It was pretty crazy. We skirted around the edges, but it was still intense.
We then walked to a cafe where we had nargile. Yes, that's right HOOKAH. As a non-smoker, it was very interesting. It's flavored. I feel like Willy Wonka saying, "The apples taste like apples. The strawberries taste like strawberries". Sadly, I'm not a pro (yet?) at the hookah thing; I coughed :(. I also had my first Turkish kahve in Turkey.
Afterwards, we walked through the Grand Bazaar. It was amazing and insane at the same time. There was so much to see (and buy :)). I will definitely be going back!
Then we walked to the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. We didn't go inside because it was prayer time. My friend could because he was male, but I was not allowed. Don't worry, I'll be going back tomorrow :). They were gorgeous buildings. And enormous! We then walked through a famous park. I'm blanking on the name currently. There we had tea.
We then took a ferry tour of the Bosphorus. The water is incredibly blue. The only houses I've seen thus far in Istanbul are on the shore. They are extremely expensive but beautiful architecture.
Mosque on the BosphorusNeedless to say, I had a pretty awesome day.
Here are some random pictures :)
My room key Some Turkish Liras (TL)
The elevator buttons - NOTE: the basement is labeled by -1 The view from my window