Despite this being the debut blog post, I am going to keep this short. I got into Istanbul this morning around 1 am and spent most of the day sleeping. Even though each one of my three flights on the way here was delayed in some regard, I really cannot complain about the travel experience. My bags showed up here when I showed up and I was not surrounded by crying infants on the planes.
Though my time here has been brief, I really like Istanbul so far. The little bit of the city I have seen is beautiful and the people have been incredibly friendly. After getting moving today around 4 in the afternoon, I took a long, meandering walk around the old city. It was pleasant. I checked out the Blue Mosque. It's quite impressive and truly beautiful.