16.06.2016 - 22.06.2016 30 °C
June 16th - arrived in Istanbul and met at airport by a driver arranged by our hosts Ipek and Ilker Saltioglu. Stayed with them at Ajarlar, Sariyer for first few days. Wonderful hosts, took us on tour to visit past haunts - Yuzyil Isil School, now Aci where we taught, Zekeriakoy, the suburb we lived in and Kilyos the nearest beach area we used to visit. There is huge change in this area with the 3rd bridge being build over the Bosphorus to connect to the Asian side - the roading has been developed and it is built up almost all the way to Kilyos with businesses and restaurants. Zekeriakoy has matured with 2 supermarkets now, the trees and green areas have grown and it is much busier. Highlights of our time here- afternoon tea with Melis, a former teaching colleague at her home, a BBQ evening at our hosts home with Ipek's parents, a meal at Big Chefs with Ipek, Melis, Berrin and Nuray, all former teaching colleagues, another evening meal with Ipek and Ilker at Kilyos and a trip to Izmit to visit Ilker's family. Great times, great hosts !