Day 23 – Istanbul

The day started with a visit to Starbucks.  I needed coffee for some reason, but food that wasn’t necessarily good for me more so than anything else.  I ordered a huge chunk of Lemon cake, that guess what, was good for me!  Turkey and their healthy fresh food, it’s not fair.  :-p   I looked around the starbucks and noticed that it was just like home.  People piled in on their computers and drank coffee, secretly being their own way of social by people watching.

After I ate my delicious yet healthy cake and drinking my white mocha, I met with my MBA comrades and we headed to the Chamber of Jewelry where we met with the Vice President.  Hold your seats – She’s a woman!  We sat down with her and asked her as many questions we could about being members of the Chamber and found out that Turkey has 153 Chambers for its separate Industries not to mention the main Chamber of Commerce.  Her English wasn’t that well, but she worked hard to translate as much as possible in order to help us.  I felt as if we walked into any Business office in America, the Vice President wouldn’t be sitting down to talk to us.  So I was very humbled and grateful for this opportunity.

MBA's at the Chamber of Jewelry in Istanbul

We then headed to the Sultan Ahmet Cammi (The Blue Mosque).  The beautiful cascading domes in the courtyard made this mosque unique along with the interior design that reminds visitors that they are small in front of God.

Blue Mosque's Cascading domes in Istanbul, Turkey

Afterwards, we headed to the Grand Bazaar where we met with Professor Koc.  He was patient enough to sit with us for almost 3 hours and answer all of our questions individually so that we could fill in the gaps with a lot of the information we needed that was only found in Turkish.  Thus far, the Turkish people have been extremely accommodating in helping when they can and that’s something that I feel everyone should do.  I can’t even fathom what a call to Customer Service is like in Turkey!

We then realized he was getting a bit weary from all the questions and decided to give him rest.  The rest of the day would be filled with compiling the remainder of our information and research. 

But not until after a trip to Ciya across the Bosphorus and on the Asia side of Istanbul.  The food was really good and I had lamb kebap that I didn’t want to share. 

Ciya RestaurantLamb SIRLOIN Kebap at Ciya in Istanbul

On the ferry back to the hotel, I captured a ferry performer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi5c9qukhew&feature=youtube_gdata

Turkish street music – Not bad at all

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