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From Fishies to Groupies

overcast 5 °C

After a long day of grocery shopping, confused and (sometimes unfriendly) taxi rides, puzzling procedures at the post office / bank, and low blood sugar level, I decided today would best be spent in the company of mother earth. So I left my cozy apartment the minute I finished inhaling my muesli, and hopped on the first bus to Kadikoy. Destination: Moda, a pleasant hamlet by the sea, located right on the outskirts of Kadikoy, the most hopping town this side of Istanbul.

First stop: the harbour. A tangle of buses, taxis, pedestrians, ferries, vendors, fish sandwiches, and seagulls. Feeding seagulls off the docks is a very popular hobby. For everyone. Rather than feed them (they are already quite engorged), I quickly covered my head and ducked out of the way. No need for unfortunate accidents today (defence is always the best offense).

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Once past the harbour, a boardwalk stretches all the way to Moda and beyond, with sweeping views of the Bosphorus and the European shore. An oasis of peace amongst the chaos; just what the doctor ordered.

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...well... mostly peaceful, aside from the shooting ranges scattered along the boardwalk...

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Being so close to the water, Kadikoy is a bastion of good seafood. Especially fish! There’s a statue in the harbour holding a basket full of them...perhaps the God of Fish (there was no plaque). In my opinion, here in Kadikoy the best ways to enjoy fish are either to eat a fish sandwich on the docks, or to look at fish in the fish market. Today, I stumbled on the most visually stimulating seafood displays I had seen...ever, probably. I love markets. This one was like balm for the soul.

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To further continue my day of R&R, Leilla and I met for lunch for some QT and catching up. Another delicious adventure, but I will spare you the details. Can I just say that I have never eaten dishes with quite this blend of spice and flavour. Deelish. Plus, being as they were out of apple tea, they served us a warm concoction of ginger, lemon, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts, on the house. Wow. Like drinking Christmas.

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As a final cap to the day, my roommate Anouk took me along on a research expedition for her thesis, to watch a band (as yet unnamed) practice in the auditorium of a private school while we clapped away from our front row seats. Turkish groupie! Woohoo! My soul feels refreshed and replenished already.

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Posted by erehel 12:20 Archived in Turkey

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how appropriate - the fishy finds the fish market :) but the question remains - was there any sallllmon!??!

GORGEOUS pictures emilie!! xxxxxx

by Tatiana Buba

Hey Emilie! Looks like a lot of fun! Beautiful.

by Shannon Kindornay

Great place to eat fish! Remember that fish is good for he brain! Not that you really need more brain but it will just ease the completion of your studies!
Dad xxxxx

by Rehelr

Roone, you've tasted spices like that before! In your bro's kitchen!

by Jonathan Rehel

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