What started as a quiet night quickly turned in to an unexpected adventure.
Galata tower in istanbul is known as the worlds oldest lighthouse. It is quite beautiful and after you pay your turkish lir, it offers a nice view of Istanbul. However, what was once used as a prison is now an ornate cafe with a gift shop and crowded elevator. Thanks to the advice of some awesome Germans staying at the hostel, the Galata tower was given a second chance to impress.
On the weekend during the evening Galata tower is turned in to a local hangout for those looking to have a beer, sing a few songs, have a few laughs and be spared from the lines and overpriced drinks of the local bars. Some very friendly Turkish allowed us to join them, gave us beer and welcomed us as part of their crew.
It was a great night which consequently isn’t helping my brain make any decision this morning. As of now the choices are stay in Turkey and head south, or start heading north through Eastern Europe. Most likely I will head north because of cost and not wanting to retrace my steps later on (which would mean a 10+ hour bus ride back the way I came).
The Film: With the help from Dean, a Kiwi teaching english in Istanbul for the next year, we will be shooting some footage in a Bazaar this afternoon. Should be some really funny footage, but we’ll soon find out!