Connecting Civilizations and Continents

 
“If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital… Whoever possesses Constantinople ought to rule the world.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 

Istanbul is incredible. It is nothing like the Middle East. This is a European city with a long heritage and intoxicating culture. Being in Istanbul, it is impossible to imagine that this is a Muslim city. This is why I suppose Islam was perceived so differently before the caliphate was dismantled.

Things work like clockwork. Industry and commerce are as ubiquitous as the wonderful architecture found everywhere. The good of the population is clearly visible as the primary objective behind these massive, marvel of engineering and ingenuity. The good of the people was the greatest law.

Istanbul is split along the Bosporus into three distinct, yet homogenous and cohesive cities. The different suburbs each have their own distinct culture and claim to fame. They are a proud people but very hospitable to strangers in their land. I hope many more opportunities come up to come back.