Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Three Impressions

If the Turkish government has been running any anti-smoking campaigns then they have been spectacularly unsuccessful. All the men in Istanbul smoke, or seem to, and, to our naïve surprise, quite a number of the women. It's unusual to see women serving in the shops here, by the way, smoking or otherwise, though the ladies seem possessed of a generally forceful mien.

There are more cats than dogs around, a lot more. The cats are uniformly well fed and look like they could handle themselves in a scrap.

It's useful to know which side of a tram the doors will open as it reaches your station as you are by no means guaranteed being able to alight against the surge of those coming aboard. Especially the elderly ladies, whose fierce determination to go in their determined directions brooks no opposition.

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