It's great to have a washing machine when you are on holiday. All that walking around and tango dancing sure makes you sweaty. But you enter the land of confusion when you want to choose a laundry program and realize that it's all written in Turkish...
But nothing that a little WhatsApp chat with the ever helpful Celal couldn't fix!
Let me quote the museum's leaflet for a moment:
The Silahtaraga Power Plant is the first urban-scale power plant of the Ottoman Empire. It was the sole electric electricity provider for Istanbul between the years 1914 and 1952.
The whole area was transformed into a museum and university campus in 2004.
Now let me take you to the Museum of Energy, an amazingly awesome place!
This hall is huge and the machines are too. They look like dinosaurs of steel.
The emergency room - don't know if I would trust it...
What if I push this button?
Sorry for the many pictures of rusty pannels - but I found them oddly fascinating.
Goddess of electricity
See how big they are?
Have a look inside...
They have a camera that records your energy signature and displays it on a big screen. No wonder I went all Star Trek on it.
I have never before bought a museum's t-shirt, but when I found one at the shop with SANTRALISTANBUL written all over it I just had to buy it and put it in immediately!
It was early afternoon and time for lunch. There are several restaurants, mainly for the students of the Bilgi University, but all are open for visitors.
They also have a simulated 3D helicopter ride that takes you all over Turkey. I went on it to get an overview and maybe some inspiration for future trips.
It was cool but the shaking and effects made me slightly sick...
I had to decide between staying longer and maybe take the bus - or just hopping on that boat, which I did in the end, it was just too convenient. And there are just so many screaming kiddies I can take in one day...
I like this new Metro bridge - on a previous trip I went there to take great pictures at night.
After this great day I also had a wonderful evening.