Last week the weather turned gorgeous full time. no more back and forth throughout the day. I decided to pack up my studio things and take a walk to the site, Kabatas, going a different route than ever before. I found some amazing treasures hiding just up a steep hill. There was a cute Organik Shop called Balya. I bought a tasty Ginger Lemonade to cool me down. Those hills are super tough with a heavy pack on. I am glad i had it on because the student culture here is awesome. You get access to places a normal foreigner would not. I walked into a compound that I found out was an art gallery for Sinan University. Of course, it was full of photographs of Cappadocia, where we are going in just a few weeks! It was a great gallery with a cool book published in Korean.
It was fun to be above the city, letting myself get lost and wander around without allowing time to dictate my movements. I found some neat staircases, which easily blend public and private spaces, I got the feeling as though I was walking through a private residential community but the stairs were used to shortcut the connection between major streets. I saw some cool public art or graffiti.
Once i got to Kabatas I realized how much i had forgotten about the site. There was so much going on during the later afternoon (about 5:30), everyone was getting off work and going across the Bosphorous on the Ferry so I followed suit. Went over to Uskudar and walked a nice loop through the street markets and vendors. I saw some beautiful courtyards and fountains.