Istanbul has had a record growth in the last 5-10 years. You can see this in every corner of the tourist city. People are flooding the streets of Istikal avenue and the shops are always packed with tourists wiling to spend their liras in anything from a simple souvenir to an expensive digital gadget. But is this the real Istanbul or is it just an image, a cover to hide the life of the real people working hard to make ends meet? I am not so sure.

After spending 4 days photographing the streets of the city I have very mixed feelings. In this journal I will try to cover my impressions of the city in different areas, from lodging and people, to food and local stores. 4 days is definitely not long enough to cover or fully understand a culture, that's why this journal will remain a work in progress as I intend to visit the city again. So the trip begins...

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