Istanbul diaries: Crazy love for Desi food

Food was the first thing that came to our mind after getting on the bus and my husband suddenly remembered his cravings for Pakistani food. And thus began our search for Pakistani restaurants in Istanbul. We found a place on Four Square called Pakistanli, which was about a 10 to 15-minute-walk away from the Square. ...

Wheels on the bus go round and round – Part 2

Some of the images used in this blog are from sultan-ahmet.net. The area where we had gotten off was some kind of market… and a busy one. We tried to look for a sign to figure out the name of the market but couldn’t find any. So we asked two policemen who were sitting in their ...

Wheels on the bus go round and round – Part 1

The second morning we woke up well-rested and high in spirits. After breakfast when we got out of our hotel, the sun was shining bright and a light breeze was blowing. My baby was also very happy with this new routine, where she would see both her parents in the morning – I leave for ...

The time I fell in love with Istanbul

Today was our first day in Istanbul – the only city in the world that spans Europe and Asia. We are here for seven nights. It was actually a last minute thing and we landed here on a beautiful October morning at 6AM when almost the whole city was asleep. Thank God, we had arranged ...

Part 3: How disaster ensued during my visa process for Turkey!

So even today, we went through the same process; surrendered our phones unwillingly, went to the guy sitting on the second counter who looked at us with suspicion when we told him that we are here for collecting our passports. He asked for our receipts, checked them online and told us that, indeed, the applications ...

Part 2: How disaster ensued during my visa process for Turkey!

Before telling you about what happened today, let me take you to ten days back, when we went to Gerry’s to apply for our application. We found the processes at Gerry’s lengthy and unnecessary. For example, they took our mobile phones before entering the building, which usually happens when you go to an embassy or consulate ...

Say no to waiting at salons

This time, I would like to write a review of a beauty salon called CosmoDerme. So my husband and I had thrown a dinner party for friends and family and I had planned to get my hair and eye makeup done professionally. The rest could be done at home and would have been enough. So I ...