Day 5. This short trip had come to its finale. Woke up and decided to have breakfast outside, as I had enough of eating French baguette at the hotel’s café for the past few days. Went to the restaurant where we had our first meal in Istanbul, as it was close to the hotel, cozy and the owner was a really nice guy.
The road leading to our hotel. We walk here every day to go to the tram station and back.
Hotel Albion Boutique, where we stayed.
Sitting by the quiet street, waiting for breakfast to be served.
The guy on the left was a worker at the nearby construction site. Earlier, he ordered a tray of tea in pretty cups and brought them away (presumably for his colleagues). Later, he came back to return the empty cups to the restaurant.
Yummy breakfast! Pan #1: Egg + capsicum + tomato. Pan #2: Egg + sausage. And Turkish spring rolls, courtesy of the restaurant’s owner.
Even before I started eating breakfast, I already felt that my tummy was about to misbehave. But I still ate, since I need to fuel up before embarking on my long journey home. So we finished our breakfast, returned to the hotel, checked out, took the tram to Zeytinburnu station, switched to metro and headed to the airport.
Waiting for metro at Zeytinburnu station. I was already feeling nauseous but managed to keep myself together.
Reached the airport. Lined up to clear the immigration and get our passports stamps.
We had quite a bit of time to spend at duty free shops, but I wasn’t in the mood to buy anything as I was already feeling sickly. Boarded the flight at 2pm local time. A few hours after we took off, I started throwing my guts out in the toilet. My entire body was sore. I didn’t eat any meal onboard, fearing that I would throw up again. Tried my best to sleep in many different positions. At one point I had to put my feet on the table as my joints were really aching. Pity whoever was sitting next to me.
Reached KLIA at 5:40am. Picked up our bags. Went to the pharmacy at the departure hall to get some oral rehydration salt and mineral water. Took an airport taxi home. The moment I stepped out of the taxi, I threw up by the drain. Yucks. Rested the entire day. By night time, I felt a lot better.
What a way to wrap up our short trip to Istanbul! So how would I describe the city? Let’s see. Beautiful place. Beautiful people. Definitely a must visit.
Despite the food poisoning, we totally had a blast!