So I don't have to kill anything. I made it! WOO HOO. I can't tell you how nice it has been to just wander around the streets of a real city... stopping in some random little shop to buy a sweater because my dumbass forgot to bring one, having a cappuccino, not thinking about the possibility of getting bombed. I made it!!!! It's almost too good to be true. Istanbul is a real sweet city, too. I mean, I arrived in the afternoon, and it's really cold and wet and I didn't get a chance to really see anything real yet, but so far it's dollars to turds better than Interzone.
A huge weight has lifted from my shoulders. I'm back in the real world. I'm actually sitting in a lovely little cafe, having a glass of wine... I forgot about civilization.
So that's all... likely I won't be posting all that often, as I don't have a comfortable little spot in my own space anymore, and anyway I'll be too busy travelling. So say goodbye to the era of painfully near-daily random subjects and pointless sermonizing, at least for the time being, as we re-enter the mode of sporadic travellogues.