When Ati arrived, he informed me that there were no more rooms available in this building (where we had originally booked on Airbnb), so I was like 'umm.... now what?'. 'But!' he said, 'you'll be staying in the building next door all to yourselves', so that made up for my shock. The rooms in the new building weren't ready so Ati took me to another of the places they owned and gave me a room to sleep in while they got our place ready and while Alejo got there.
So around 6:30pm after I had rested up a bit we went to the new building and Alejandro showed up around 8 pm. I finally had a decent night of sleep, so the next day we were ready to start exploring Istanbul.
We started our day walking towards a large building which ended up being the entrance to the Grand Bazaar, which was closed since it was Sunday. We got a map at the book section right outside of the Bazaar as it started to pour buckets! We waited until it was only a drizzle to continue. Everything being wet, we just started to walk in no direction in particular, and disappointed that we had kind of walked in vain, we went into this place to sit down and rest. We hit the Jackpot! This would become the place we'd visit 4 times in the week we spent in Istanbul. It was a wonderful space to chill, have uncountable amounts of çay (Turkish tea, pronounced chai) and smoke mint/rose and other flavored Nargiles. No alcohol was sold which just made it a much more mystic and entrancing environment to relax. You could stay there for hours (and we did) and not notice how time went by.
After our very long break, we walked and looked around the Mollafenari Mahallesi which is a cemetery, and then headed for the magnificent Blue Mosque which I won't even bother to describe. You can just look at the pictures by clicking the link at the end of this post. Here is one to give you a taste:
After going through the mosque we sat down to listen to the afternoon prayers that the Imans sing through huge speaker. Just listen to it for yourself