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Istanbul, Turkey.  A city that is just SO cool and unique.  I have to say, my favorite memory is sitting by the busy sidewalk eating kunefe, drinking Turkish tea, smoking a hookah while appreciating the panoramic architecture.  It’s hard not to wonder that this city is enriched with a tremendous amount of history, religion, politics and the juxtaposition of old and new ideas.

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I entered what was once was a battlefield that transformed into a church that transformed into a mosque that finally transformed into a museum:  the Hagia Sophia. It was amazing to see one building serve so many purposes.

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The color blue was quite noticeable.  Whether it was the Bosporus Strait, the infamous blue mosque, the evil eye or the glazed pottery.  Blue was all around.

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Now for the fun stuff: the shopping. I haggled with the local vendors and bought a beautiful suzani, embroidered with silk threads. This piece which is similar to the one hanging on the right will be used as a bed spread for my daughter’s room.

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I also bought the hand of Fatima and an evil eye chain bracelet amongst other jewelry pieces.

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And of course, the foodie in me brought back their fresh picked dates, Turkish tea and baklava.

 

–Anika Shah

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