Live Blog: Journey to Constantinople


I will be live blogging my trip to Turley, which starts today. I will be flying to Istanbul via Abu Dhabi. I will update the post as much as I can, and as I have done before, the latest post will be at the top.

Cheers Hostel, 8:00pm
I'm back at the hostel and resting for a bit and catching up on my messages and posts. I might sleep early; busy day tomorrow. 

Kybele Cafe, 7:00pm
I finally settled at this cafe to have dinner, which I got al fresco (may not be such a good idea, as it was cold outside. I got the kebab with roasted tomatoes. 


Gulhane, 6:30pm
I went around the area near my hostel to look for food. I also chanced upon a pastry store - Efezade - which sells Turkish delight and baklava. I made a mental note to come back and buy some before I leave Istanbul.


Hagia Sofia, 4:30pm
After check-in I proceeded to Hagia Sophia - the most important Byzantine structure in history. 
(See separate post here:  https://goo.gl/9VbYps)

Cheers Hostel, 3:15pm
I arrived at the hostel a little over 3pm, and I promptly checked in. The location is very convenient - very near Sultanameth Square, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Tariq, the one in charge, gave me a rundown and warned me about touts and scammers. I changed into a fresh shirt after check in and proceeded to Hagia Sophia - the main reason I wanted to visit Istanbul.


Zeytinburnu Station, 2:30pm
I took the M1 line then changed to the tram line. There was a bit of confusion with the payment, but no other issue came up. The tram was kind of full - not Manila MRT full but enough to get bumped by other passengers.


Ataturk Airport, 1:00pm
We landed im IST a little before 1pm. Immigration was a breeze, got the stamp in no time. After that I changed some money and got a local SIM with data. I then found my way to the metro.

Abu Dhabi, 9:20am
We took off late from AUH because of some passenger seating issue. The airline changed the flight into a bigger plane, so some people complained after being seated differently. Other than that the flight was uneventful.


Abu Dhabi International Airport, 4:50am

Landed in Abu Dhabi, will have about 3 hour layover before flying to Istanbul. I'm at the gate waiting for the flight but went around the duty-free shops. Had an eye for some Ferrari merchandise.


3:00 am
My inflight meal: sausage, omelette and potatoes, with fruit and blueberry muffin.

My seatmates are two EU diplomats. We had an interesting conversation about Philippine politics.


11:44pm
Boarding now. I'm at 41K, windowseat. It will be an 8hr45min flight to AUH.

My next post will be in Abu Dhabi.


10:30pm
My ride is here - a Boeing 777 to Abu Dhabi.


9:00 pm
Done with check in and immigration part. The officer seemed to be a tad curious on why I am going to Turkey. Asked  me more than a few questions and even asked for my work ID. I saw some passengers got off-boarded too; felt bad about them actually.

After immigration I am hanging out in Starbucks until boarding time.

December 15, 4:30pm
I arrived safely in Terminal 1. I usually don't use this terminal - the last time was during the Japan trip. The checkin counter for Etihad is still closed so I have to find ways to amuse myself till boarding time.

December 15, 3pm
Finally my Uber arrived. I decided to go to the airport early as I am anticipating crazy traffic today - aside from a Friday, today is also also a payday, basically the last Friday before Christmas, and also most of office Christmas parties will be scheduled today.


Check out the rest of the updates:
Day 1: https://goo.gl/i4M1G7
Hagia Sophia: https://goo.gl/9VbYps
Day 2: https://goo.gl/qjQdLa
Day 3: https://goo.gl/WnvCPS

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