Last Thursday at this time I was just about to land in Istanbul, en route to Atyrau. I was trying a different route, San Francisco, Chicago, Istanbul for Thursday night then into Atyrau on Friday, arriving at 5pm.
It worked out quite well. I had booked an hotel close to the airport. It was not what I expected at all! Firstly, I tried three taxis before anyone agreen to take me there and like the other three he had no idea where it was. But he got on his cell phone, driving and shifting gear and swerving in and out the traffic (Istanbul driving is very impressive, I don't often shut my eyes when I am a tourist), and eventually managed to get me there, taking 20 minutes for a 10 minute or less drive. But there was no meter, and his rate was just what the hotel said it should be. So an honest cabby, gave me my first and good impression of Turkey.
The hotel was in a small wealthy district which I think is called
|I was sitting next to the fellow you can see through the window, left of the tree, with a clear view of the cooks that you can see in the center. The fish shop is on the left.|
I had a good walk, but having been awake for so long was already very hungry so bought an annulus shaped bread thing from a street vendor to keep me going till breakfast. Covered in sesame seeds it was pretty good if a bit on the chewy side!