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Wednesday, March 4, 1998
Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey:
Latitude: 41° 1' 12" North
Longitude: 28° 58' 41" East
Altitude: 36 feet
From Seattle: 7436 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Orient Youth Hostel

Today's Travel:
Country: Turkey
Region: Istanbul
Weather: Mostly Sunny

Available Photos:

Entering Aya Sofia Istanbul, Turkey

Entering Aya Sofia Istanbul, Turkey

Mosaic: Emporer Constantin IX Monomachos, Christ, and Empress Zoe Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey

Mosaic Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 328
Linear Dist: 95280
Countries Visited: 27
Regions Visited: 106
More stats...
Hotels: 52
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 109
Transit: 31
Beers: 1391

Journal Entry:
Called the Syrian embassy to see if it was possible for me to get a visa. It is, but it looks like I'll have to go to Ankara for it. Met my Mom, Penny, and Will and we headed for Aya Sofia. It is spectacular (actually this word doesn't do it justice, but I don't know what words would). It is an amazing contruction, and that isn't even considering that it was built almost 1500 years ago! After lunch we met a man and his wife (they wanted to hire me for thier bar), and Mom, Penny and Will all ended up buying carpets (but not until they'd spent hours at his house). I got some passport photos taken (more than two dozen) for visas.

After dinner I went back to the hostel and went down to the bar to see the Belly dancing again. I got picked on again (3 for 3) and had to get up and make a fool of myself trying to belly dance, again. I think I've learned now - don't go to the bar until after the dancer is done...

Related Sites:
The Orient Hostel, Istanbul
CNN: Current Weather in Istanbul
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Turkey
CIA World Fact Book: Turkey

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