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...Turkey's delights...1

dah register dah...
...outside Istanbul Technical University
We landed safely in Istanbul this morning, alhamdullillah. We are here to participate in European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2010 22nd Conference ...with the theme of Urban Dynamics & Housing Change. As the venue of d conference is at Istanbul Technical University's Faculty of Architecture in Taksim part of the city, we decided to stay within walking distance of d uni. Taksim is actually a 'slightly' posh area of Istanbul on its European side...so d cost of d hotel is quite high. For d 1st day, we just ceq-in, register at d conference venue [a 20-minute walk] n tried to ronda2 to Topkapi Palace...but ended up in Topkapi cemetary...huhu


here we r...@ Ataturk Airport...after a MAS flight from KLIA


took a van from d airport to our hotel...actually u need to haggle d price of d van n it is pricier if u go to d 'official' counter. We were joined by a group of Korean girls, stopping in Istanbul for just 1 day, b4 going off to Brazil for a year...in order to learn Portuguese...tabik spring kat bebudak ni




waiting for d conference registration counter to open @ d uni...n accompanied by a Turkish cat


d uni is quite old...but still usable n looks structurally strong


while walking to d uni we noticed d word Topkapi on d bus...n decided to hop on one. BTW, public transport is very much in use here...with various type of rides available...


...including this long bus...using d bus lane along d hiway


...n it turned out that we were in Topkapi cemetery area...with d above wall-city is located nearby


headed back to hotel later n decided to dine al fresco not far from our hotel


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