saturday night we were at taps, we met harvey, they drank beer, we danced a little. sunday was karin's christmas brunch and yesim came with me. karin provided an awful lot of food, which we consumed in a wintery feeling of indulgence and happiness.
wednesday night we went to derin's parents' christmas party (yeah the oreo truffles). thursday we met at bebek, had breakfast and headed for markiz for tea and cake (my apple pie was not that significant but her chocolate cake melted into perfection). thursday night she packed and we watched her pack, and we also went through lots of almonds, chocolate, diet coke and cookies. so much for consumption though.
so this trip was satisfactory in terms of spending quality time together and getting things done (if gaining weight has ever been a to-do list item). i can even go ahead and say it was as good as our ankara and ayvalik trips. except that i haven't really travelled -but small distances covered within istanbul can be as fun sometimes. especially with someone with a foreigner's eye to point at the different and beautiful aspects of the city we usually take for granted, and also, with someone as nice and cool as yesim.