We reached Istanbul friday evening : the trafic is heavy, fast and almost deadly when you enter the city as our bikes cannot go faster than 70-80 km/hour and the cars and bus are all going above a hundred!

I was so happy to cross the bridge over the Bosphorus I was yelling all alone full of excitment on the bike (I don't remember exactly what I was saying as I was tired because we rode 13 hours that day!)

We have been chilling and partying in this great and vivid megalopole this weekend. We are staying in the touristic area of the city named Sultanamhet where you can find the well known monuments of Saint Sofia and the Blue Mosque - it looks like the Disneyland for backpackers but it is fun...but the real fun in the city is to be found in Taksim with his restaurants and bars...Stamboulites (inhabitants of Istanbul) love going out and partying and Taksim is the place to go and enjoy drinking Raki in bars on the street and partying in clubs on terraces and big apartments...so yes, we went out both the nights and yes I got very drunk - i had a little accident on the way back last night if you know what I mean. I spent one of the worst hangover nights since my high school drınkıng partıes : you know it is one of these times when you say to yourself that you'll never touch a single drop of alcohol in your entire lıfe...well now I am better  and drinking a Turkish beer while I am writing this post.... :)

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We will be leaving this superb city (I don't mind working and living here one day...) tomorrow afternoon and cross the border with Bulgaria either in the evening or the next day. The next big stop should be Montenegro after crossing Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania...

Cheers (no more Raki for me!) 'till next time...

Ps: Chris, if you read this artıcle it would be great if you send me the pics of last night...I promise I would vote for Obama if I were american...

Ps 2: (2 months later): Thanks for the pics Chris! It was nice meeting you and I sincerely hope you enjoyed your first time in Turkey and Europe.

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