Return to Saturday #137: Goodbye #bunk, Hello Pera Palace


I’m a little paranoid that taxi drivers will take me far out of my way in a strange city so it was a pleasant surprise when this Istanbul cabbie said that he’d turn off the meter for an hour if I wanted to go to his home in the suburbs to pick up his wife and bring her back into the old part of the city for a doctor’s appointment. Having only been mugged by two taxi drivers in South America I said what the hell, let’s do it. I good faith was rewarded with a free tour of Istanbul and a running commentary the whole way. His wife even filled my pockets with hard candy before dropping me off at the door of my hostel.