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Have you decided?

Inside the Blue Mosque, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful blue tiles that cover every surface except for the floor. You can feel the soft carpet through your socks and for some reason, that feels very comforting. There are crowds of people to navigate through and around and on more than one occasion, I lost my little friend Anna.
We spent a good amount of time in that mosque, heads covered in scarves out of respect for some one else’s religion. In a way I did feel like I was trespassing or that I was looking in on someone else’s faith as a form of entertainment. I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to experience such wonderful architecture and beauty.
And so, the rest of the day was spent walking, seeing Turkish and Islamic artworks, painting and sketching on location at a coffee shop them back to the Spice Bazaar.
When we returned to the hotel we were asked ‘Have you decided?’ This was in reference to asking about booking a treatment the previous day.
‘Have you decided?’, when out of its original context, is such a powerful question. I mean, while going through the motions of living your day, aren’t you always pondering something? I’m always trying to decide something and mentally rifling through the options, pros and cons. Do I take this course of action and if so, here is the list of things to consider.
‘Have you decided?’ stopped me in my tracks and I immediately knew the answer.

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Istanbul: I think you’ve dropped my heart

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My friend, Anna, and I have been on sensory overload since stepping outside Ataturk International Airport yesterday.
The architecture, the food, the offerings of ‘something nice for you lady, maybe you want silver’ and so on and around the corner, up hills, down streets, colour colour colour wherever you look.

It’s beautiful.

Our favourite lines so far:

‘You dropped something.’
Me, looking confused.
‘You dropped my heart.’

‘Are you a dream or real?’

Roll your eyes now. We did.