Tag Archives: Istanbul

Work meetings overlooking the Bosphorus

One benefit of working in Istanbul is that the city offers many great views of the Bosphorus. The view is appreciated by guests at work meetings, especially when the guests come from abroad and are therefore not accustomed to the view. It helps set a positive tone for the rest of the meeting.

Although I feel like I know many of the places which offer a great view of the Bosphorus, there’s always more to discover. It’s a special treat when that happens, and that’s what happened yesterday.

Here’s a shot of the view from our meeting at the Dilruba restaurant in Uskudar.

Back to Istanbul

It turns out that my China visa won’t be ready in time for the current trip.

I’ll therefore be returning from Singapore to Istanbul today.

Although disappointed that I won’t get to see Beijing, I really enjoyed Singapore. The people are very kind and respectful, a characteristic that likely extends to other Far Eastern cultures. In addition, the small city-state has a somewhat unexpectedly large tech scene.

Finally, the wide range of hole in the wall restaurants serving spicy soups and curries is a real treat. I look forward to going back, hopefully on a visit where I’m also able to see Beijing.

Eid

Today is the second day of Eid, the 3 day holiday at the end of Ramadan.

In previous years, my wife and I would bridge the holiday with the weekends before and/or after it to take a week long trip outside of Turkey.

This year, we have a 2.5 month old son new to our family. Since he’s not at an age when he can travel a long distance, we’re spending this Eid in Istanbul and Bursa, a city which is a 2 hour drive from Istanbul.

Although these aren’t hip international destinations, when you have a son, they bring a whole new level of happiness.

Eid Mubarak.