Episode 15 - A Turkey in Turkey

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Recoded: 1 - 9 aug 2007
Locations: istanbul, turkey
Tags: luck of seven, istanbul, turkey, big apple hostel
Music: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding - elvis costello
About: after a month of bouncing around europe, i decided to cool my jets and regroup for a week in istanbul. many thanks go out to the following - the big apple hostel crew, öznur özkurt, memhmet irdel, canan irdel, hayal pozanti, matan kaminer, gokce gunel, kenan kilictepe, andrea barker, tomas saledo, eduard trinidad, stephen warren, larz (stephen's buddy), michael the brit, and keith the american

hey,

sorry to hear you had some problems at the lialy. i stayed there last june for ten days and didn't have a problem. i also arrived in the wee hours of the morning after taking the local bus from the airport to downtown and walking at around 2am from midan tahrir to midan talat harb. wish i had happened upon your blog earlier because there are some really cool sudanese guys working at the internet cafe under the lialy. there was one guy at the lialy (possibly the owner) who was a bit shady, but i met great people and you're right the balcony is a great place for a drink! i just finished my 1 year rtw in june 2007 and if i have one piece of advice it's to slow down a bit if possible. i really admire the way you're traveling (extremely locally engaged) but try to disconnect from your electronic devices even when in a big city for a week if possible. just as an experiment to see if it alters your schedule and viewpoint. unfortunately, you're not in asia anymore because there are cheaper options and ways to get lost there then in the more expensive places you're traveling to in the immediate future, but maybe you can try to unplug for a little while when you get to latin america. i wish you all the best. safe and happy travels!

hey,

sorry to hear you had some problems at the lialy. i stayed there last june for ten days and didn't have a problem. i also arrived in the wee hours of the morning after taking the local bus from the airport to downtown and walking at around 2am from midan tahrir to midan talat harb. wish i had happened upon your blog earlier because there are some really cool sudanese guys working at the internet cafe under the lialy. there was one guy at the lialy (possibly the owner) who was a bit shady, but i met great people and you're right the balcony is a great place for a drink! i just finished my 1 year rtw in june 2007 and if i have one piece of advice it's to slow down a bit if possible. i really admire the way you're traveling (extremely locally engaged) but try to disconnect from your electronic devices even when in a big city for a week if possible. just as an experiment to see if it alters your schedule and viewpoint. unfortunately, you're not in asia anymore because there are cheaper options and ways to get lost there then in the more expensive places you're traveling to in the immediate future, but maybe you can try to unplug for a little while when you get to latin america. i wish you all the best. safe and happy travels!

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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