Farewel Turkey

The time has come.Llegó el día.

After a bit over a year and a half, we leave Turkey in sadness; something that many don’t understand. Let’s face it, this country is not living the greatest moments (it is even worst if you perceive it from the outside). But it has given us many happy moments, good friends, great trips and unforgettable memories.

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Blue Mosque

Istanbul is a marvelous place, historically known as “the city between the East and West“, although we haven’t felt like that. It is a messy city, with lots of traffic, intense smells, callings for prayer that seem to connect one after another, vibrant… Full of foreigners like us that fell in love with the city and resist to leave it despite family and friends insistence.

But our time in the city and the country is up. And although we leave in sorrow its streets, its sounds, its smells of spiced meat, its colorful shops, its thousands of restaurants and its constant smiles we are happy, excited about the new adventure ahead of us. A new continent is upon us, a new region to explore, new friends to make, food to try and activities to get into.

At least it will be a bittersweet farewell. Until next time Turkey, Panama awaits.

Check our 20 best photos of Turkey here and other routes around the country here.

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45 comments

  1. It’s funny how easily and quickly you can fall in love with a place. Some places just grab you and you become addicted to them. We’ve had that happen many times before. Sounds like you had a fantastic time in Turkey, though! Have a wonderful time in Panama – which should be quite amazing 🙂

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  2. Istanbul is certainly a spectacular city. I remember my first time, being driven past those great but crumbled walls, seeing those two enormous mosques, having a touristy fish meal on the Golden Horn, watching the ferryboats scurry here and there.

    So much history, colour, flavours. Yes. Love it!

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  3. My sister visited Turkey a few years back and while she said it wasn’t her MOST favorite place she said it’s very alluring and charming. I personally would love to see what I think for myself. Can’t wait to see more of your next big adventure. 🙂

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    • It is a beautiful city, of course we all have our taste and we don’t have to like all the same, that would be very boring. We loved our lives there. Hopefully, we will love our new adventure as much!

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  4. The architecture of the Blue Mosque is beyond compare. It looks so peaceful—and divine.

    We have always been intrigued by Turkish culture and history—so different from Western influence that is so prevalent in the Philippines. If we have the chance to travel abroad, Istanbul, Turkey is among the priority places in our bucket list.

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    • It is not going through the best of time but it is still safe (we believe) and it is wonderful (food, sightseeing, historical places…)

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  5. Turkey is an amazing country… we live part of the year in Bodrum, and the reality of the country is so different from the inside than what you see on the news when you’re in other parts of the world. Glad you got to see it first hand.

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    • And Bodrum is another different part of the Turkish world too, hehehe. I’m glad there is more people thinking there is more to it than what you see on the news.

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  6. It is a beautiful country and is sad to see what terrorism has done but surely that cannot restrict travel. I loved your pictures and that evoked my for years old memories. I do want to go there again

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  7. Best wishes on your new adventure in Panama. I’ve been to Istanbul once and really want to go back. I can only imagine how wonderful your stay was.

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    • Completely agree, now that we are in Panam we are trying to set the same kind of connections (so far so good) and to bring old friends from Turkey here!

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  8. I still remember saying goodbye to Turkey – I’ve lived in Istanbul for a while adn I absolutely loved it! The most magical place I’ve ever lived in 🙂

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