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After 21 hours of exhausting travel, 3 planes, and holding up an entire flight of people for 40 minutes, we’ve made it to Istanbul!

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All we’ve managed so far is to wander down our hostel street onto a rooftop terrace for our first kebap. Lentil soup + various flatbreads + vegetarian kebaps for dinner = $6.

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After a surprise religious protest lit up the streets as we watched from the rooftop (see the before and after below), we decided we’d let the adventures begin tomorrow. For now its time to head back to our 8-person dorm that we share with a jittery boy from Kentucky who is always writing in his diary (probably about the six crazy blondes that he has to deal with). Good night!

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