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At 6:00 PM
February 28, 1998

Sunrise (local): 6:42 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:52 p.m.
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
0 mi / 0 km

Cumulative Total (all groups)
3068 mi / 4941 km
Lat: 41° 00' 32" N
Lon: 28° 58' 52" E
Elev: 22 ft / 35 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Istanbulclick to view a mapvisit the World Heritage Site pagevisit the World Heritage City page
Where We're Staying: the guys have moved to the apartment of a new friend, Bengül, while the ladies are still at Beyhan's
Places We Visited: Austrian College, Galata Tower, Istiklal Caddesi, Taksim Square, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Yerebalen Saray (Sunken Palace or Cistern Basilica)
Featured Site: Hagia Sophia
Person of the Day: Turgut S(h)en
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: Minisa kebab
Breakfast: bread, jam, honey, hash-hash, tea, coffee
Lunch: hot-dogs(!) at the Austrian school
Dinner: Iskender kebab, cheese pide (Turkish pizza), fruit compote
Olive count: 1792
Word of the Day: "Buyurun" click to hear an audio clip means "Yes, please" in Turkish. We have found this phrase very helpful at dinnertime in response to the question, "Would you like some more?"
Tech Fact of the Day: Hagia Sofia's amazing dome
Flat Count (Cumulative): 21
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 26
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