While Istanbul exists in two continents, Europe and Asia, it had more of an Eastern feeling than European. The contrast is stark, so the feel of the city was something novel for me at the time and upon revisiting over 20 years later, I still feel like it is a passage way to Asia. The vibe, the hustle and the bustle all solidified the idiosyncratic nature of the city.
The Night Train
I was encouraged to travel by train from an article that I read in the Guardian, which promoted the trip as one of the best trips for 2023 according to Lonely Planet. While I have traveled by train before, never in a sleeper carriage.