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Feb 23rd 2011 5:10AM Love the hospital cow! I've heard mostly good things about maternity care in Istanbul, except for the push (so to speak) for women to have C-sections? Have you encountered that yet? Glad everything seems to be going so well for you so far.
Dec 15th 2010 1:56AM Along the lines of "luxuriating in the things your expat home lacks," I think our favorite part about taking a day trip from VT to Arbanassi was being able to hike in the hills above town in total peace and quiet. It may have been the first time my friend's one-year-old son (born in Istanbul) had ever seen nature. The look on his little face when we gave him a flower to sniff was priceless.
Also, if you're looking for REALLY cheap digs in VT, keep an eye out for a middle-aged Bulgarian lady in combat books and a bathing suit (OK, I think she had some shorts on too) who hangs around the info board in the center of town looking for tourists to rent rooms in her house to. It's a little weird, sure, but friendly, cheap, and clean.
Dec 15th 2010 1:45AM A quick tip from my own dumb experience: Don't go to Sofia over Orthodox Easter. The entertainment value of seeing all the women in spike heels, miniskirts, and cropped fur jackets line up with their candles inside the Aleksander Nevski church doesn't make up for the fact that the whole town pretty much shuts down for the entire weekend. No museums, nada. Still liked Sofia, though.
Aug 30th 2010 5:33AM In Beyoğlu, especially, don't forget to look up -- rooftop bars and restaurants can be found in some unlikely places (not always obvious from street level), and though you always pay a bit of a premium for the view, they're not all outrageously priced. Other entertaining clusters of bars can be found behind the old Emek Cinema (the "Küçük Beyoğlu" area) and in and around the Balık Pazarı and Nevizade Sokak.