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Day 11: Istanbul. Monday 1st October

Fell in love with the city the moment I stepped out onto the cobbles of the Sultanahmet district and stood outside the Orient Hostel, our home for the next two nights. On the surface it's just another mad, bustling, chaotic jungle of cars, yellow taxis, buses and trams all vying for the same space and trying to disprove the law that no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. The area surrounding and separating the two great mosques is an amazing community consisting of little alleyways of cafes, bars, street stalls and people all eager to sell you something. It seems as though every single inhabitant of this place is intent on selling you something and each prospective transactions starts exactly the same with the seller first establishing the buyer's nationality: a barrage of welcomes: bonjour, hello, hola etc.

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