Sleeping... and lack there of
25.04.2014 - 26.04.2014 18 °C
As I arrived at the airport in Istanbul I had maybe slept 4 hours the night prior.
When you experience time changes on the boat in the Navy, it hurts but its not too bad. On an international flight, they close all the windows and maybe 5 hours later it is bright as day again! So when I stepped on to the terminal transfer gate, I looked at the time in my phone and it was only 9 or 10 am (in Texas) but 6pm in Istanbul. This airport reminds me of the movie The Fifth Element when the main characters board the space craft towards the cruise liner. It was by all means an International Mecca, and the duty free stores were actually as big as malls. I waited patiently for the next flight and boarded at 8 PM Istanbul time. On the transit back west I gained an hour back, so I was all messed up from the jet lag. I soon gained my heading when I unloaded the plane and went to baggage claim.
While I was walking towards the visa checkpoint I thought wouldn't it be hilarious if the officer asked me what I wanted to do in Amsterdam and I would reply, "Party and rock on." Now, I would never usually say such stupid things... but I'm trying to be more gutsy when it comes to certain things. I almost didn't attempt it, but when the moment came I said it so casually that the officer got caught off guard and gave a cheeky smile. He then asked when I would be leaving and I told him I would be backpacking Europe and that Italy was next he gave me a very American "Cool, man." I then got my 1 bag from baggage claim and took a taxi to the hostel Meininger.
Side note: This is probably the last time I take a taxi in Europe. We drove 15 miles and it cost me 40 euro!
Checking into the hostel was pretty simple and the receptionists are really kind. Now here is where it gets interesting... I forgot to mention that in a hostel, most of the dorm rooms are mixed (meaning co-ed). I completely forgot that, and stepped into a 2 bed dorm room. Don't worry, I soon realized who my roommate was... a guy from Portugal. I then showered and unpacked what little I had and attempted to sleep. 3 hours later I was still awake. So now I'm eating breakfast. I'll get some sleep later on. Maybe when I go back to the states.
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."- Augustine of Hippo