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Brad’s Travel Diary

Friday, 22 Apr 2005

Location: Istabul, Turkey

MapWell, my first proper day here is proving to be even more incredible than the first. I spent the morning at Aya Sophia, which I have to say is by far the most impressive building I have ever seen. It was built in 537, and is unbelivably awesome. The pictures don't really capture it, but the scaffolding behind my head (for restorations from the last earthquake) is over 15 stories high! I went and stood up on the second level where the Byzantine Empresses used to sit, the feeling of being in such a place is that is so old and so awsome is indescribable.

Walked over to the Grand Bazzar after lunch and got talked into buying a few trinkets there...it had to happen. The bazzar is massive, all undercover, it goes for kilometers!

On the way back to the hostel I stopped by the Basillica Cistern, a huge underground resovoir from the same time as Aya Sophia. I can't believe some of these things are so old! It was very cool, I've heard they sometimes have concerts there so I'll have to check that out.

Anyway, just resting up at the moment before I head out to Taksim square tonight with some cool Turks I met in the Grand Bazzar.