Today we had the pleasure of meeting up with Maggie Walker alumni, Maryam Patton, who showed us around the public transportation system here in Istanbul.
We started our day with a tasty lunch, the tool the ferry over to the Asian side of the city. There are less historical buildings there so we took in some of the local flavor and enjoyed a healthy walk to the Maiden's Tower.
Along the way, we were grilling Maryam regarding all things Turkish culture, history, and current events. It's work noting that Maryam's family is from Turkey and has spent many summers here since her youth. Currently she is here on a research fellowship from Princeton.
Later we made our way to Taksim Square and Gezi park, the site of the recent protests in Istanbul. Life was back to normal there, but there was a large police presence. Most of the protest art had been cleaned up, or painted over, but in some of the back streets I was able to find some nice examples. These were in contrast to the memorial statues and imagery of Ataturk who is still revered here.
I still need to edit videos from the first day, in Istanbul. We've been going full blast since we left. Time and energy have been at a minimum.
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