Today’s mantra: This is not a vacation. This is your life.
And that’s a really good thing, trust. That said, I’m growing to realize that wrapping my head around this entire experience, and truly understanding it as my new reality will take a bit of doing — in a good way, of course.
I mean there’s rarely a better reminder that you’re not in Kansas (or Philly) anymore, than a close encounter with the Harem kind (an actual highlight of the Topkapi Palace tour, in fact). And for those who might remember my Morocco trip, no, I did NOT try to pose with the welcoming concubines.
As if a given day couldn’t be filled with anything better than tales of crazed sultans and the women who serve them, I hit up the Grand Bazaar, took a few twists and turns outside into a local shopping mecca, and encountered a sight which will surely haunt me for a good deal of my days.
Nope, can’t unsee this one; there’s no unringing the bell, now known to me as Creepy Pantless Mannequin Child.
For more pics from Day 2 in Turkey — including the Topkapi Palace, check out my recently added photos on Flickr.