On Monday the weather didn't interfere with my plans - I wanted to go shopping and had several malls on my list where it's warm and dry. Basically the perfect rainy day activity!
First though I had to tick off another mode of public transport in Istanbul: the teleferik over Maçka park.
There are just two gondolas on each side that go back and forth over the valley.
So many floors....
Then I walked up the street towards Osmanbey metro station, with many more boutiques on the way.
The metro took me up to Levent from where I chose to ride a taxi to Akmerkez - sometimes a little comfort is nice too. Unfortunately I took it on the wrong side of the big street where you can't turn left and the driver had to make a big detour - so the drive lasted over twice as long. Still it was better than walking in the pouring rain.
Akmerkez is apparently one of the oldest malls here. But there's a newer section called Wepublic. I actually came for this slide - looks cool, right? But with my bags and the coat I had too much stuff on me and they didn't let me go down... boohooo....
It wasn't so bad though because otherwise I might have missed the perfect rain coat! Yes, I tend to shop for the current climate... and I had been looking for a new coat for ages. One that's not just a boring dark color.
Look, flowers! (The light in my apartment isn't great but I'll wear it this week so you will see more of it.)
I pretty soon also threw away the boots that I had brought with me. Not only are they a bit worn out, two days ago the zipper broke - so now that I have new footwear there was no need to carry around heavy old boots.
Fortunately the rain had turned into a drizzle by the time I left the mall, so I walked the way back and I passed by these blossoms. There's hope!
Because I like to be thorough and it has a direct connection to the Şişli station I took it upon me to add a fifth and last shopping center to my excursion: Cevahir.
But before I could do any shopping I needed to refuel my batteries. It's magical what a nice piece of cake and some hot chocolate can do for you!
So I went at it with new energy and spent another hour hunting for clothes - I was successful too!
By the end I had been around for almost nine hours - time to get some rest!
After a nap and some tidying up I took a taxi to Armada hotel - the ride there is an attraction in itself! Just hard to photograph from a driving car.
The lady in the center is my friend Joana. We keep meeting at milongas by accident. She's from Bulgaria and travels a lot but somehow we always end up here at the same time.
I was placed at a table with some lovely Turkish ladies to chat with inbetween dances. It's nice to meet not only the men you dance with but also fellow female dancers.