The next portion of our trip we headed to Istanbul. We got up early on Tuesday morning and hit the open roads. Getting to Istanbul was an adventure. First of all, we did NO research and depended solely on our GPS which kept wanting us to drive ALL the way back to Sofia (the other direction) then to Istanbul. Getting through Bulgaria was the first crazy part since there are no highways. I navigated us using maps...I am NOT going at map reading! We crossed into Turkey and had a beautiful highway! It was awesome!
Sidenote: I was scheduled to have a phone interview for our next Post. I had planned that we would pull over on the side of the road and do the interview while the guys stepped out of the car for to give my privacy. The interview kept getting pushed back due to "technical difficulties." So this panel of folks calls me about 5 minutes after we wind up in dead stopped traffic in the middle of Istanbul. I have no choice but to do it then and there. At the same time our GPS went totally haywire and had NO idea where we were going. Matt's trying to navigate the CRAZED traffic, I'm in the front seat answering "scenario" type questions with a panel of interviewers and Dan is in the back seat trying to read a map. Craziness. The interview lasted 35 min and when I got off the phone we still had no idea where the hell we were! For the record: I wasn't offered that position, but another position rather.
Once we finally found our hotel, it ended up being RIGHT across the street from the hotel we stayed in last time. I had no idea, Matt did all of the planning. It was nice because we had an idea of the area.
Now, this was our 3rd time to Istanbul in the last 15 months. Surprisingly we didn't repeat anything while we were there.
Until next time.
P.S. I DEFINITELY need to figure out how to be more concise and to the point. I am SO long winded. ha.