It feels so good to be back on the bikes! We spent all day saying this to each other and grinning. Although we are happy to move on, Istanbul has been one of our favourite cities of the trip so far! It's a place of huge variety; live music, ferries, beautiful mosques, bustling bazaars, busy nightlife, friendly people, chilled out areas with library cafes, and some smooth seafront cycle paths.
More importantly we really treasure the connections we've made here. Simon meeting other musicians at the Irish music sessions, and through busking and chatting with Louisa and Tobi from @chainsandchords , and the links we've made with fellow cyclists along the cycle path. And then yesterday and this morning Simon had a couple of lovely conversations in a mixture of Turkish Sign Language and British Sign Language with a lady who is Deaf who came to clean the hotel room – we enjoyed one of the longest conversations we've had with a non-English speaking Turkish person. It made our week.
Note, we also almost adopted this dog, or did he adopt us? He ran with us for 10km before ditching us for 2 other cyclists 😯 -L
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