Hello readers and friends!
This is an update to let you know where you can find me eating and drinking around for the next several days. For years I have been wanting to visit and finally the stars aligned for me to impulsively buy a ticket and book a room to just…go!
I had a friend from back home mention they were going and a couple pals there I’ve been wanting to catch up with…so I said why the hell not? This is the beauty of being in Europe!
My philosophy around traveling is that I usually don’t have a plan and I try my best not to plan anything. I enjoy wandering around, getting lost, making friends randomly, leaving my phone behind and not touching a map (unless it’s time to go home and I’ve exhausted all my social skills). I believe in organic interactions with the world. When we plan things, those scenes that become our life stories are more contrived.
However, it has also been a resolution of mine to find balance and to be slightly more organized to fully maximize these sorts of opportunities. So I bit the bullet and bought a couple guidebooks, maps, got some sage advice from my friend Georgette of Girl in Florence and am closing examining the Istanbul section from Katie Parla. A spot on, and a favorite food writer in Italy. I will do a sort of mix- half just following my gut (no pun intended) and the other half having some sort of structure with expert insider advice. Oh! And I’ll be taking a couple tours. Stay tuned!
Being blessed with a multi-cultural background and coming from a Persian family (well, half of it) I find somethings familiar like drinking yogurt, sweet things with nuts, copious amounts of strong bitter tea and exotic spices. I am like a kid in a candy store.
Curious about Istanbul through my lens and palate? Keep up with curious findings in Istanbul via my Instagram and Facebook page- I’ll be posting here and there throughout the days I am here.
In love of a delicious adventure,
The Curious Appetite
p.s. I’ll be writing up a proper digestion of my travels including the tours I have planned. Stay in the loop by subscribing to my blog for the next press! Scroll back up there and sign up- thank you!
GirlinFlorenceApril 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm (8 years ago)
Glad you made it out there and that you got all of the advice you needed ;-). Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Curious AppetiteApril 4, 2015 at 12:00 am (8 years ago)
OMG! I’m such a ditz- I didn’t mention all your AMAZING suggestions! You know what’s funny is that when you originally sent me your tips, I jumped on contacting the tours and didn’t have time to look at the others. Now I looked at the foodie ones you gave and I went to some of them already i.e. Van Kahvaltı Evi- great minds think alike! Now I’m going to hunt down the others you gave. Cheers, bella!