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Tanya & Matt’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 19 Apr 2005

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Map(Escuse any typos, there are no letters on the keys so I'm running off memory)

WOW WOW WOW!!! Istanbul is absolutely amazing and we've only been here for 3 hours. With only 2 hours sleep, we were looking forward to a sleep (to get over the jet-lag) but the drive in was so amazing that we wanted to explore so we've done nothing but walk.

We can verify the fact that Turkish delight tastes nothing like the sugary pink crap that they sell in Australia - it's absolutely beautiful, a very soft toffee taste covered in icing sugar. We also had some Baklava and have decided that these two foods will replace Laksa as our staple diet.

The Orient Hostel is excellent. Breakfast included, free internet, very cheap meals, good service and we even love the resident tom cat who has marked his territory all over our bedroom.

We were here all of 5 minutes and were bailed up to buy carpets. We can pick them now, they are dressed like undertakers and so we will be less friendly. We even tried to tell them that a carpet wouldn't fit in our back pack or get a bit heavy after 6 months but of course they offered to send them to our house to stay on our doorstep until we get home!!

Photos are close - it's one of our missions for tomorrow! (surprisingly enough, this has taken no time at all, better than the "l" that stuck on the last keyboard!!)

Thanks for all the messages, it's good to hear from you all.