My Trip to Istanbul, Turkey

Hamna Khan, Staff Writer

Why do people travel? For some, it’s to experience other cultures. Others would like to take a break from their ordinary lives and have some fun. But more importantly, travelling allows for one to broaden their horizons and learn more about humanity, allowing people to become more well-rounded individuals.

There are many places in the world that don’t get much coverage, and so sometimes our views on certain countries are limited. One particular destination that many people don’t know a lot about but I have had the privilege of visiting is Istanbul, Turkey. This metropolis, home to 2500 years of rich history, is located in both Western Asia and Southeastern Europe.

Turkey is particularly interesting since it was home to four great empires: the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantine Empire (395-1204), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). In short, you will have an ample amount of historical stories and artifacts to learn about and experience while you are there. And Istanbul, its capital, is a city full of many different people.

In Turkey, the East meets the West, and West meets the East. The people there are also very kind and provide wonderful hospitality. And speaking of hospitality, Turkey is also home to one of the most exquisite cuisines in the entire world. It’s all here: Turkish food, Western food, Chinese food, Lebanese food, etc..

As for city-life, Istanbul definitely has a vibrant one, including skylines, music venues, and much, much more. And the staggering amount of shopping you could do there is ridiculous. The markets go on and on with the most beautiful dresses, jewelry, and food I’ve ever seen. If you love shopping, make sure to pay a visit to the Grand Bazaar while you’re there.

But for me, the thing I loved most about Istanbul was the ethereal views all around you. Whether it be the sunset boat ride from the Bosphorus or the bird-eye view from the top of the Galata Tower, the landscapes and scenery in Istanbul are absolutely breathtaking.

Everyone should try to see a different culture at least once in their lifetimes. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to go out in the world and venture out of my own personal bubble. I feel as though learning about others is one thing that can humanize us and show us the many different wonderful corners of the world.