Bathrooms, Beds, and Breakfast Buffets- Eresin Hotel, Taxim, Istanbul, Turkey
So, we arrive exhausted and falling over ourselves from not sleeping for almost a week. We get dropped off in Taxim Square on the last shuttle and through the fog of sleeplessness try to hold onto and follow through on a single thought. Mission: Find the Eresin Taxim Hotel.
Focus is imperative here. All three kids are sleepwalking and almost baseline functional. Kobi and I take all of their backpacks in addition to our bags so that all they have to do is put one foot in front of the other. We are moderately confident that we can do this. Even though they all told us the exact same thing, it was only after kindly taxi driver number three told us we didn’t need a taxi and could simply walk ‘left and then right’ to the Eresin that we kind of got it that it was a short walk away. Slightly uphill but not far at all.
From the moment we saw that golden sign, we knew that there was salvation in the world and a warm bed not far after. Remember, this is where we start the huge transition from hot and sticky India to that first freezing cold night in Country Number 15.
We went from sweating-in-our-undies hot to shivering; from lazy days petting cows to eating them, from a Hindu alter in our home to the mesmerizing prayer call from mosques.
First Moments in Paradise
A Decent Bed and a BATHROBE!
Solai Locking Herself in the Bathroom
Unearthly Comfortable Beds
The Breakfast Buffet
We came in socks (some of us barefoot) and ate chunks of the meal with our hands. Had it not made us seem more inappropriate we would have spent all day in that buffet with the crisp veggies and five kinds of olives, Turkish cheeses, and not-good-for-my-hips freshly-baked breads and pastries.
Eresin Hotel was the best possible landing we could have had and we have nothing but deepest gratitude to them for inviting us to review their facilities and enjoy all the comforts they offer.
If you liked this post about Turkey, you’ll just adore the first two parts of the Turkey adventure:
Leaving India- Transitions
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