We left for Istanbul two weeks ago on Saturday and flew there by Pegasus Airlines (yea, I had never heard of it either) and the plane was so small that we had to take a bus from our terminal to the actual plane and board from the ground. The plane landed on the Asian side of Istanbul and we had to travel to the European side to get to our hotel (the city stretches over two different continents and yes I was in Asia!). We hit a good amount of traffic getting from Asia to Europe so by the time we got to our hotel it was pretty late. We had a group dinner on the seventh floor of the hotel our first night and the view was absolutely gorgeous, we had a perfect view of both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia out the window. We had a traditional Turkish dinner, which was pretty good, but I couldn't have told you what any of it was. Later that night we walked around the neighborhood of our hotel and around the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, they were both incredible to see lit up at night. Before we went back to the hotel, we were treated to some free baklavah (or I guess technically it was pre-paid) and it was delicious! The first night I couldn't wait to go to bed, it was a pretty tiring day, but of course I was woken up at about 5:00 am by the call to prayer from the nearby mosques, yea that happened pretty much every night there.
All in all it was a really good week. Istanbul was incredible, the sights were phenomenal, and the culture, though very different, was extremely interesting and I'm glad I got to witness it. I will hopefully going back to Istanbul again, even more than once, and hopefully sooner rather than later!