Introduction (because my English teacher taught me so)
Basically, going to Turkey was the best thing I had ever done in the whole sixteen years of my life. In other words, it was simply magical. If I think about it, travelling isn’t something I’m unfamiliar with; it could be a 5-hour road trip from Lahore to Islamabad to meet the maternal side of my family, which we do quite often, or our trips to Dubai etc. However, this travelling experience was not something I had experienced before and you’ll find out why.
Now, we had applied for our Turkey visa (my parents, my siblings and I) during the winter break but due to the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, the visa got delayed. We had already done ninety-nine percent of our packing and we were just waiting for the visa to arrive at that point. Winter break finished and the first day of the second term at school arrived (Monday, 6th January). It was a pretty simple day and since I wasn’t really used to waking up so early (winter break definitely spoiled me), by the end of the day, I just couldn’t wait to go home and sleep but the second I reached home, my mom was running around telling all of us to finish our packing because we had to leave for Islamabad (from Lahore) if we wanted to catch our flight on time. It was insane. All I remember is hastily finishing my last minute packing, which included cosmetics, jewellery etc. and within an hour of reaching home, we left for the Motorway.
In approximately five hours, we reached the Islamabad International Airport, and oh my gosh, I was so impressed with its infrastructure because Pakistan still is a developing country. So, of course, the first thing I did was take a few pictures. Lol.
We had a wait of around three hours at the airport and then we had a two-and-a-half hour flight to Dubai, where we had (I think) a six or seven hour stay at the airport until we finally, boarded the flight that would take us to *Drum roll* ISTANBUL (which was another four hour long flight but never mind that)! Exhausting but memorable.
Our trip lasted a total of nine days, starting from the 7th of January when my family and I landed in Istanbul and from the 15th of January to the 20th, we had a short stay in Dubai. The activities we did, the hotels we stayed at, the restaurants we went to are all going to be posted in separate blogs, which will be uploaded soon, so check those out!! You can’t possibly be bored already, the trip just started!
Read the rest of the 2020 Trip to Turkey blog series