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.
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.
Wired Magazine recently shared its list of the top 100 startups in Europe.
The list also features 10 startups from Istanbul, including 3 of our portfolio companies: Insider, Tapu, and Kapgel.
You can see the full list here.