Quick status update: As of right now, it is 11:30pm on Sunday night, here in Istanbul. I'm 1.5 days behind my pics, but will hopefully catch up soon!
Saturday morning, Wil (the prof) and I headed out into the streets of Ankara to meander about. I had felt that I was super familiar with Ankara at that point, but I quickly realized there were large chunks of areas that I had never been to before.
The streets in Turkey are incredibly clean. There aren't even any trash cans anywhere in the streets. Cleaning crews and trucks are constantly cleaning up:
And here's Wil:
And some pics from the streets:
Afterward, we headed to a mosque -- my first ever! Women were allowed on the main floor during visiting hours (although during prayer time, it appears as though they need to be up in the balcony), so I was able to walk around.
This was the outside of the Begendik Kocatepe mosque:
A view of the dome:
The rest of Saturday was spent taking a 7 hour bus to Istanbul. Pics to come soon.