These things make it seem like my birthday was all bad. It wasn't. The best parts of my day were when my company surprised me with a cake/mini party. It was my family birthday party. I also enjoyed talking to all of my family members and friends. Even though this birthday was different from the rest, I'm glad I could still share it with everyone!
Me with the delicious pasta (Turkish for "cake")
As of right now, my plan is to head to Izmir tomorrow night. I will scramble even more to get a ticket tomorrow morning. Luckily Izmir is a pretty busy place, and buses leave Istanbul for Izmir multiple times every hour. I am sure I can find something. I am hoping at least! I am in dire need of a beach.