I have also been traveling a lot in and outside India in the last three years.
I presented a poster at the International Congress on Oral Pathology and Medicine in Turkey, at the Harbiye Military Museum, Istanbul. It was a case report on a rare tumor of the parotid gland.
There was also a joint meeting of the British Association of Oral Pathologists, and there was a lot of brainstorming on the latest advances in Oral Pathology and Medicine, with presentations by leading clinicians and academicians from all over the world.
It was an extremely well organized conference, with cultural events featuring the Whirling Dervishes, and a very attractive belly dancer at the banquet on the Bosphorus Strait.
Turkey has great Shawarma. Shawarma is, apparently, not what the guys on the road here make. It’s so much more. It’s “tavuk” (chicken) in its purest, best avatar.
We took a cruise down the Bosphorus, and saw what makes Istanbul so very special- the two continents on either side. Istanbul is the only capital that is in two continents- Asia, and Europe, with the Bosphorus separating the two parts. It’s a tremendous, overwhelming experience to sail between two continents like that.
And the Turkish do it every.single.day.
The Blue Mosque has to be seen to be believed! It has six minarets, and it’s so huge you can’t fit them all in one photo. The interiors and exterior are beautiful, and you feel reverent there, truly.
Of course, for my kids, Istiklal Caddessi (street) was the highlight of the trip. They went down there every single evening! One day they came back with Baklava, one day they came back with clothes they bought at a bargain.
Cheers to Turkey, you beautiful place.