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I'm at House Cafe Bebek waiting for friends to get out of work to meet me, and I'm watching five guys who have a dog that keeps barking at passers-by, who laugh and talk loudly about things that won't fill a fig's seed (turkish idiom meaning trivial) and I'm getting annoyed at their attitude. Some of the people here are very spoiled. 
It's awfully hot outside, and I'm tired of wandering around.  Was this the Istanbul that I left? Was it always this chaotic with speeding cabs (I still hate cabs), bad traffic, cigarette smoke everywhere, and loud streets? I know I was missing certain parts of it (correct, Bosphorus) but I think enjoying this city is highly correlated with having a home to go back to - in other words, feeling anchored in all this turbulence. When I don't have a door to close and leave what bothers me outside, the city gets to me. At least, this time it did. Let's hope for a better impression next time. 
Setting negativity aside, it was so nice seeing my friends. Online communication is great but you can't beat the real thing.

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Vinod Jose said…
Hey, how have you been?

Figured out you made trip to Istanbul; how long are/were you there?

Yeah I know its a great feel to meet friends in person than just chatting up online. A warm hug from a friend can take away so much of our worries...

Did you take any pics on your visit to Istanbul?
p e l i n said…
I've been busy and out of touch but I promise to be better about the blogging world this summer.

I am leaving Istanbul today for my hometown. I haven't been able to take any pictures this time but I have yet to post some more from my recent trips to Seattle and the Oregon Coast.

How have you been? Talk to you soon!
Vinod Jose said…
I have been doing good; the only way I keep myself updated on the blog front is writing reviews for movies I watch.

Sometimes I feel when one re-visits the blog after a break, you find it refreshing and the urge to express.

Bon voyage.
Vinod Jose said…
I have been doing good; the only way I keep myself updated on the blog front is writing reviews for movies I watch.

Sometimes I feel when one re-visits the blog after a break, you find it refreshing and the urge to express.

Bon voyage.
Vinod Jose said…
I just watched this Kurdish movie 'Turtles can Fly'. It’s one of the very few films which deal with war and children so delicately, a war-zone on the border of Iran and Turkey. I have posted some images and a small review on my blog. It’s quite a sensitive film and I thought I will share this with you.

http://somuchsofar.blogspot.com/2009/06/turtles-can-fly-2004.html

I am sorry for consuming all your space on the BlogSpot with my notes.
Vinod Jose said…
I just watched this Kurdish movie 'Turtles can Fly'. It’s one of the very few films which deal with war and children so delicately, a war-zone on the border of Iran and Turkey. I have posted some images and a small review on my blog. It’s quite a sensitive film and I thought I will share this with you.

http://somuchsofar.blogspot.com/2009/06/turtles-can-fly-2004.html

I am sorry for consuming all your space on the BlogSpot with my notes.

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