I HAVE MENTIONED that Istanbul is the 2010 European Capital of Culture. This is a title given each year to an European city which offers a wealth of history, art, and cultural clout. For an entire year, the Capital of Culture has special events, galleries, exhibits, and shows, and artists and people from all over the world descend on that city.
This has been particularly beneficial for my time here, because it means that there is an even more extensive offering of stuff to do, see, and explore. Last weekend, my uncle Karl came to visit me in Istanbul. It was his first time in Turkey, and we had a great time exploring the many sights of Istanbul. He, like me, was impressed by and thrilled with the city, especially the fascinating cultural issues which become apparent immediately upon arriving here. In his words, Istanbul is “huge, crowded, and energetic.” I would agree.
Many promotional videos for the Capital of Culture project have emerged in the last few months, and the one below seems to capture the energy that was so apparent to my uncle upon first arriving. It also contains some of the best videography of Istanbul’s most famous sights:
And the following video gives a good overview into what makes this city so exciting, so popular, and so alive:
Anyway, I thought you would enjoy these videos. Accept my apologies for the lack of posts recently; I’ve been quite busy. I am, however, working on a real lark of a post concerning my thoughts about Islam, culture, and religious tolerance in an age of misunderstanding and generalization, which I will publish soon.