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June 5, 2019

A few months ago, I have had the pleasure of visiting one of the most amazing cities ever: Istanbul.

I came from Paris and flew directly to Istanbul. Now I have always been dreaming of coming to this historically beautiful city, so it has been such a dream come true to finally be able to do it!

First order of business? Food, naturally. This was a local bagel-ish delicacy that was all over the place near Hagia Sophia. It was really good, and it was slathered with Nutella. I am salivating just thinking about it now.

I was actually volunteering via Workaway, and that is how I scored this amazing room with a view of the city. If anybody wants to book it, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Arriving in Istanbul, I had no idea that this was Constantinople. Now have always been such a history geek, so I got totally excited. Like, you have no idea.

This was a photograph of the Hagia Sophia. Ever since I had read about the book called ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown, I have dreamed about coming to Hagia Sophia. And now I have, the following are a bunch of photographs from the Hagia Sophia:

The Hagia Sophia was about a 5 minute walk from Cheers Vintage, the hostel that I was volunteering for. It was such a great place, and I loved the diversity of it. I mean, it used to be a church and a mosque. Think about it, those two religions coexist in this very place. I have been blessed to walk these halls. I am eternally grateful.

Istanbul was such a diverse city as well. This photograph was from one of our walks around the European side. If you did not know, Istanbul is partly Europe and partly Asia. This was the European side. It reminded me of Paris so much. I loved it!

My roommate, Marie, she’s from Denmark. I really do enjoy our walks around the city, and eating different local food, and just rummaging through the stores there for random beauty products that Refinery29.

Getting to and from Europe to Asia mainly consisted of countless ferry rides.

These were not small ferries. They are double deck ferries, and I always preferred sitting outside even if it was winter. People always fed the birds too!

I mean, look at that view!

This has got to be one of my favourite photographs ever. Also taken from one of the countless ferry rides from Europe to Asia.

I also loved how near this city was to the sea.

I guess a little mirror selfie does not ever hurt anybody?

I will forever miss waking up to this view.

Istanbul has been a dream come true. A city that I have fallen in love with the very first time I set foot on it. This city is so beautiful, so historic, and so vintage.

I intend to come back soon, and hope to see more and rediscover this city with new eyes. But for now, I have to get back with this ridiculously chilly New York summer.

Hopefully, everyone is having a great week! Blessings to all.

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”

Job 19:25 NIV

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