Thursday, May 03, 2007

We're in Istanbul, since Monday. I'm so supersticious, I didn't want to write about the trip before we actually got here. And since both Marta and I are more or less sick, I was scared we'd decide not to go.

Marta did really well on the plane (that's a 3-hour flight), but I didn't: my right ear still doesn't hear anything. To make things worse, my nose is running like crazy, and I can neither smell nor taste anything. The loss of taste perception is especially depressing, as I love and always crave Turkish food.

Istanbul is incredible, as ever. I'd love to move here one day - live here full-time.

It's been almost two years since we were here last - in June 2005, when I was pregnant - and this gap, as well as the fact that I spent the happiest almost-a-month of my pregnancy in Turkey, somehow helped me realize how much I've changed since Marta's birth. Everything is about Marta now, nothing else really matters.

Everything, including my photos.

Marta is extremely popular here, but of course.


Finally, the rallies - Istanbul is so huge that the only way we could tell something was happening somewhere on May 1 was by seeing that black helicopter flying over us again and again. And I don't regret missing it; I went to Taksim Square today, saw the remnants of the riot police, but soon forgot about it - because to me, riot police is a Moscow thing, something that Istanbul knows much better how to transcend.

I'm sitting on the stairs at the hotel right now - because their wifi doesn't reach up to our room. So I guess I better go now. Iyi geceler to you all. Good night.


  1. Man, how fast time goes by! Enjoy.

  2. Masha Allah!

    You wanted to go there so much! I am really happy to read that. And I am happy for another my close person, who is now in New York, a kind of US Istanbul. Best wishes to you all!

  3. I hear from my turkish friends that the move for continuation of secular gov't is pretty much foregone there.

    One also mentioned that the supposedly moderate islamic gov't was supported by the west and that the turkish people for the most part have stood up against such intrusion.


  4. Well this is good news. I hope all goes well and I know that Marta is having fun. As far as your ears go. Chew some bubble gum, it may help..

  5. Turkey’s religious matters are the sole prerogative of its people. I am delighted to hear that its body politic has agreed that the conflict should be resolved in a free and fair election.

    But, for the sake of a wild geopolitical joke, what if Yanukovych sent an army of supporters to Turkey to prevent the slightly early elections from being held there? Now that a cadre of his disgruntled confidants has found jobs under Yushchenko’s wing, the ball is in his court. Which means that showing some solidarity would be the regional thing to do.

    The next step, consistent with Yanukovych’s domestic no-elections policy, would be to drop out of NATO and to synchronize the two countries’ EU accession plans. I’m glad that in Turkey they knew better than that:)

  6. Enjoy yourself, Veronica! I completely agree with what you say -- I'd love to move here one day - live here full-time. My feeling, too... one of my favorite cities in the world. I'll be going again next month, I hope.

    Have you been to Kariye camii (Saint Savior in Chora), by the way? If not, try to go -- one of the most beautiful places in the world.