The Return to Istanbul
Updated: May 21
I have always loved to travel. In my early 20s, I made the decision that my priority (in terms of time, energy, and effort) would be travel. My savings would (and for the most part still does) all go towards it. It would come to be my source of fuel.
The First Trip
While working at The Seattle Times many years ago, I took a few weeks off to travel to Turkiye with two friends. We had two weeks in the country and planned to visit as many places as possible. 😽
That didn't happen. We fell in love with Istanbul and ended up staying there 10 out of our 14 days. My return this past week just renewed all of these feelings.
Istanbul was our first stop for a sacred travel trip with Rev. Kathianne Lewis and the Center for Spiritual Living (both of whom I love).
The trip began on May 4th, when a good majority of us were on the same flight from Seattle. I can't sleep on planes, so that night looked like dinner at the Divan Pub in our beautiful hotel, Divan Istanbul Hotel, and bed.
May 5th was a day of rest before the tour officially began. My "day of rest" turned into a day of shopping. 🤓 That evening we gathered so Kathianne could set ground rules (like no complaining - you would be surpised how much energy this particular rules keeps clear), and we all set intentions.
🌷To bond deeply with the group and have them come to feel like family
🌷To open up to all of the mystical experiences that I was supposed to receive
And on May 6th, we started. Hakan (our tour guide who we all came to love) picked us up bright and early and we made our way to the...
Hagia Sophia has always been one of my favorites. Similar to how I felt while walking through Cordoba in Spain, I loved physically walking through a melting pot of different cultures and religious practices.
The Blue Mosque
Will always be sentimental to me as it was the first Mosque I ever set foot in and heard the call to prayer from.
The afternoon found us exhausted, and after hearing all about the eunuchs (and no, I'm not kidding), we cut the end of the tour short and went back to rest.
Having been to those places before, and suffering from jet lag, I expected to be underwhelmed as they couldn't be as breathtaking as they were the first time I saw them. Right? Wrong
It still makes my heart flutter looking at these pictures even now, weeks later.
I was amazed at how tired and sore my legs were. Dinner was at a delicious restaurant across the street, and an early night prepare for a morning flight to Capadoccia.🚀
MUCH different than my first trip in my 20s (where I may or may not have had two different "boyfriends" in 10 days 😇)
Even though this visit to Istanbul was a little over 24 hours, I still loved every single moment of it. Even when I was hot, tired and my feet ached. Because, I remembered that my feet ached in Istanbul. 🤯
This city is magical, if you have never been before I highly recommend!
If you would like to read about my original 10 days there, check out my old travel blog here:
You can purchase my first book Crown Jewels: The Akasha Records (Book One) here:
You can out more about the The Akasha Records Journey (aka course/embodiment experiment here)