Yesterday it was cold, but today it’s hovering around freezing, and sleeting. The perfect day to try out the Istanbul subway. It turns out I only had one stop to go, but this saved almost 30 minutes of walking in the frigid weather.
Any newspaper stand sells the ubiquitous Istanbul card, which you can load up with money like a phone card. It helps to speak a little Turkish! You can also buy tokens in the subway stations. In the stations, everything is in Turkish and English, and the machines can be switched to English at the touch of a button. When the person behind you gets impatient, they magically switch to English, too! After several escalators you will find yourself on the track, which looks pretty much like a subway platform anywhere. The sign tells you how long till the next train is arriving.
Now I just had to find a seat!
A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.
When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.