Mobile updates – January + February 2019

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Mai multă acțiune și mai puțină vorbărie și visat cu ochii deschiși – asta e singura mea rezoluție pentru anul 2019. Iar ca să mă relaxez un pic după acțiunile mele deosebit de curajoase cu care am început anul, în a doua jumătate a lunii februarie, am plecat pentru câteva zile (unde altundeva decât) la Istanbul. Orașul ăsta nu încetează niciodată să mă surprindă și, deși l-am vizitat de atât de multe ori în ultimii ani, mereu se găsește ceva nou de făcut și de văzut acolo. De data asta am fost pentru prima dată în Balat, cartierul evreiesc și ortodox al Istanbulului (aici se află și Școala Ortodoxă sau „Colegiul grec al Patriarhiei Ecumenice” iar printre absolvenții acestuia s-a numărat și domnitorul Moldovei, Dimitrie Cantemir). Farmec aparte, căsuțe colorate, drumuri pietruite, nostalgie, evrei, ortodoxi și refugiați sirieni, străduțe labirintice, rufe întinse pe sârmă la uscat, cârciumi grecești și cafenele turcești – toate acestea fac din Balat un loc cu totul și cu totul spectaculos. 

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And so it begins: January 1st, 2019.

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Cheers to a new amazing year!

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Baby, it’s so freaking cold outside that I refuse to take off my puffer jacket even when I’m indoors.

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Looking so damn sexy (at my favorite coffee shop, Origo).

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The day we spent 6372973620 hours taking pictures in the park and at “Cișmigiu – Bistro La Etaj”.

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Let’s take some pictures, they said.
It will be fun, they said.

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And the photo shoot goes on…..

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At “Cișmigiu – Bistro La Etaj” – such a beautiful place.

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The lighting was so good.

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The closeness timelines. Stunning!

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Inside the fitting room at Zara: this shirt is so pretty.

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Inside the fitting room at Zara and COS: this midnight blue belted wool coat is simply to die for.

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Inside the fitting room at Zara: got these two dresses and wore the first one almost immediately after I bought it.

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Night at the museum (because it was already dark outside).

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Lost in translation.

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At MARe (Museum of Recent Art).

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Trying my best to embarrass my friends every time we go out.

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1. + 2. “Madonna in a Fur Coat” by Sabahattin Ali – crying my eyes out with every page I turned while reading this book. So emotionally powerful;
3. do me a favor;
4. definitely my least favorite month of the year.

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There’s a new gym in my home town. And also a good one.

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“There is a sense of urgency in this town.”

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1. Lebanese cuisine at its best (at Ali Baba restaurant);
2. my favorite snack lately;
3. *woman;
4. let’s have some fun!

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Can’ stop. Won’t stop.

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Faith

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Cheers to more winter days like this one!

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Although I’ve traveled to Istanbul countless times, this was my first time in Balat, one of the oldest and most spectacular districts of the city. Once known as the Jewish quarter of Istanbul, Balat is now famous for its colorful houses along sloping cobbled streets (some of them being up to 200-years-old) and its fascinating architecture and atmosphere.

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Let’s take a short break.

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Golden hour in Ortaköy.

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My absolute favorite: pomegranate juice (better even than rakı hahaha).

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My happy place: SALT Beyoğlu.

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Such a spectacular city. Always.

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It has already became a tradition: every year on the 15th of February you can find me on the terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

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Istanbul in one picture.

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The only city where I don’t mind the rain.

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*why

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Such a cliche.

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Even in the rain…..

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Because it was February 14th.

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Is it weird that in Istanbul you can eat the best pizza ever? Here at Eataly.

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Until next time!

– FIN –

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