havoc-girl replied to your photooh god you’re in istiklal
Yes!! It was crazy. Our first hotel was just off that street, but luckily quite quiet. We drank cheap booze and smoked shisha till 2am while kids kept trying to sell me flower crowns. I wish we hadn’t had an earlyish morning the next day otherwise we probably would have checked out the tacky-looking clubs in the upper floors. Istanbul was a strange and interesting experience….
istiklal is very weird and, now that i’m awake, pretty dangerous (when i think of all the times i walked up and down that street at all hours of the night in tiny dresses i must have a guardian angel with a rocket launcher)
but i miss it like oh my god
I actually expected to be leered at a lot more than I was (although it was quite cool so I wasn’t wearing anything particularly revealing), but I actually found it less of an issue than I did in Paris. Or maybe because I expected it I was able to ignore it more.
Istiklal reminded me a lot of certain areas of London, which was surprising. I’m glad that we arrived a few days before the gig so we could see that side of Istanbul. Although we were in a super fancy hotel on the Asian side for the gig, it’s not like you get a feel for the city. Also the trip was made so much better as there were some other performers we knew from London there. Drank too much in far too little time.