For our last days in Istanbul, Nurbanu, a friend of a good Turkish friend of us, offered us a place on her couch, which we appreciated a lot since Istanbul so far had left a big hole in our travel budget. To avoid Istanbul’s traffic chaos for our fourth accommodation change we decided to take the metro this time, what a great idea! Although the security guard ensured us that we are allowed to take the metro with our bikes, they let us wait two hours due to the current rush hour… But at least we had our private security escort that accompanied us all along the way when we were finally allowed to pass the gates.
Nurbanu is working as a graphics design and illustration freelancer and she took us to her co-working space where two French guys happened to give a talk about their 3 year cycling world trip on recumbent bikes as well, a great opportunity for us to drill them with questions about their experiences with driving in Turkey and those kind of bikes in general. They also do great artistic projects all around the world related to the growing open source community (their website)
Nurbanu and her cousin really made us feel at home at their place and together with the fact that we were able to successfully pick up our two missing visas, it made those last days in Istanbul a real pleasure. Thanks a lot again!
Due to Nurbanu’s sincere concerns about the Turkish traffic style we left Istanbul early on Sunday morning, not without a wonderful homemade pancake breakfast 🙂 It turned out that it was a really great advice and after an enjoyable 20km ride north along the Bosporus coast we crossed over to the Asian side by ferry and finally continued our trip!