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Home Again

Check out at our hotel in Istanbul was at 11:00am. Unfortunately, Nick and I slept in until 10:59. Oops! Luckily the staff at Med Cesir is really nice, and we were given an extra few minutes to finish packing.

I had received a note from Mark Morrison about the Istanbul Photography Museum, which he heard about from Steff Worthington, a cartographer who will be creating maps for Horror on the Orient Expressfrom a tip on yog-sothoth.com.

While the descriptions for the old photographs were limited (the accompanying blurbs were biographies of the photographer), the museum was really interesting. We saw photographs of Istanbul’s history, fantastic photos of Cuba by a Turkish photographer, and photographs of artificial landscapes.

After many more hours of travel we are home again. I have been reunited with Jack and Spike, two of Chaosium’s four security officers, and am trying to acclimate to this time zone. I will post again on here, and share in more detail our findings from Istanbul.

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Jack the security guard takes a nap.

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Things We’ve Noticed

We have noticed that there seems to be a fine line between sidewalk and street. Drivers don’t hesitate to simply hop the curb, whether or not pedestrians are currently occupying the sidewalk.

Drivers like to go in reverse. Why? Who knows.

Sultanahmet park is also just a dog park. At night the strays chase each other and generally just seem to have an awesome time being a dog.

It’s pretty sweet being a stray cat in Istanbul. They’re well-fed, get lots of attention, and get to hop in unsuspecting tourists’ bags.

Now here are some photos from today’s adventures!

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Nick before we ventured into the Archaeology Museum

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Me, trying to stay warm.

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Could those be Cthulhu’s tentacles, coming up to snatch the cultists?

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This guy looks like he just lost some sanity by witnessing a gruesome scene!

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I think deep ones must dwell in the Basilica Cisterns. Strange medusa heads can be found in the depths. Luckily we didn’t turn to stone…at least…not yet!

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Good Morning Istanbul!

Good morning from Istanbul! This morning I woke up to the sounds of the morning prayer. I am looking forward to breakfast, when we will make a game-plan for today. We are going to try to walk to our destinations as much as possible, as I feel you really get to know a city the more you walk it. Walking also allows you to stumble on sights you would normally zoom by in a taxi or on a tram.

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Istanbul kitties, for your enjoyment.

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