A few months ago, Seraina and I travelled to Istanbul. We had been looking forward to this trip for quite some time, even before we had planned it. I had been to Istanbul once before, close to ten years ago and I had really liked it back then. We stayed at an airbnb in the Cihangir neighborhood, which is situated between Taksim Square and Karaköy. The area was great, the apartment was beautiful and cozy, and good coffee was nearby. We were expecting great food in Istanbul and that was what we got. The breakfasts were amazing and lunch and dinner were delicious in a new way with every meal. We had dinner one night at Mikla, a fancy restaurant that surprised by being better and more creative than expected. Perhaps our expectations were influenced by the restaurant’s terrible logo that looks like either a car manufacturer’s logo or something out of a Sci-Fi movie. We did a whole bunch of sightseeing, too. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, several markets, the Moda neighborhood, Taksim Square, Galata bridge… We were really sad to leave this beautiful, crazy and diverse city when the time came, but we’ll be back at some point for sure.