January 14, 2013

Why does It take a Minute to Say Hello and Forever to Say Goodbye?

Carolina, Visual Communication Student 
Fake Fur Jacket: Zara
Skirt: Bershka
Boots: Bata
Carolina and her fellow students were filming when I passed. It turned out that they are Erasmus students from Portugal spending their last days in Istanbul. They asked me about Istanbul, about my neighborhood and about the people living there. Carolina spent the time of her life in Istanbul. The thought of farewell makes her very sad. I perfectly understand. 
Istanbul is a magnificent city - one full of beauty, history, spectacular architecture, nice restaurants, views to die for, exceptionally kind and honest people, fun filled nightclubs, exotic sounds, exotic smells and much more. Istanbul is also a city of dilapidated buildings, dirty streets, lots of cats, stray dogs, carpet sellers who can be annoying, taxi drivers who can't drive and few scammers. Istanbul is not perfect. Istanbul is not plastic. It's real and it's gritty. It's Asia, it's Europe. It's a total contradiction!! And all of it, the good and the bad, combine to make it one of the most vibrant, unique and amazing cities in the world. I hope you can understand now why it's hard for Carolina to leave. The good thing about saying farewell is that you could be lucky to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. 

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