Just in time for my birthday the rain finally stopped! Ironically this was also the day I had planned to spend mostly sitting inside... But don't let the glimpses of blue sky fool you, the wind was still icy cold!
Going for my first appointment in Cihangir, past colorful ruins.
Resul Odabas finally arrived and after a short discussion decided that he could squeeze me in before the next customer because my tattoo wouldn't take too long.
Here he is working on my ankle. It hurt just a bit, actually less than I had expected. But halfway through I needed to pee - so that distracted me anyway.
I chose this for many reasons: first of all, it's my 20th time in Istanbul and I've bee coming here for 20 years - I wanted do something special for the occasion. I have always liked red tulips and tulips are also the emblem of the city. The design comes from the traditional Turkish tiles that I love so much.
Inside it gets more modern.
I look like a scared rabbit but that's just because I didn't quite know where to look for this mirror selfie.
Fortunately I brought my iPad to read a book because I was going to sit here for almost 3 hours!
I got ombre coloring, a haircut and a manicure.
The problem was also that we ate soooo much that when my friend and I went to dance tango, our bellies weighed us down. So we kept it short and I went home to sleep and digest in favor of more time to spend awake the next day.
I also wanted to let my new tattoo rest and not risk anybody bumping into it.