museums. There have been people living in Istanbul for 1000s of years and we learned about the stuff they made and did. Wild, child. Well done, people of Istanbul.
I'm happy to report that none of the stuff I worried about 8 days ago actually happened while I was in Istanbul. I'm going to take this as a life lesson and try to live a more confident and care free life. (Still, you don't ever want to let down all your defenses, I'm sure you'll agree). But for now, I'm aiming to be more chill. I liked reading about the inscriptions that certain kings left carved around town at the museum today. Stuff like, "I King X, the mightiest king, the greatest king in the universe, to me the gods have given strength over all, I have done great things in this city." Then they would list things they did. Lengthening roads. Building new walls. I admire the confidence. (Don't want to overdo it, though).