Gezi Parkı

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Some photos I took this morning in Taksim square and Gezi Park. Not a policeman in sight. The energy was positive, and it felt almost like a festival.

The global media is focused on Istanbul, where police violence seems to have died down a bit, especially in Taksim. However, police attacks on protesters continue in cities across Turkey, including Ankara, Izmir, Adana, and Rize. Please keep yourself informed on the situation in Turkey. Click here for a great list from Amnesty International on what you can do to help.

Taksim and Kadıköy

Yesterday, we took the metro down to Taksim and walked around for a few hours. It is definitely a more tourist-y area but there were a lot of great shops and restaurants, and the architecture was really beautiful.

Fresh grapefruit juice, only 2 TL

Fresh grapefruit juice, only 2 TL

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The weather here last week was beautiful; it was over 50 degrees most days. This week has been cold and rainy, but compared to home I really can’t complain about the weather here.

Today, we took a ferry over to the Asian side of the city to Kadıköy. I’ve officially been to Asia now! It was cold so we only stayed for a little while, but while we were there we walked around and checked out the shops and markets.

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Not sure if this is something I’ll try…