Friday in Kaleici

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As I was walking around on another Friday night in Kaleici I caught the atttention of this shopkeeper. He took a liking to my glasses and we stopped for a chat. He decided that although I am not a Muslim per se, that I am still in touch with Allah. Or onotherwords he thought I was cool. It’s amazing what Groovy shades can do for you.

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My first port of call was Gaga Bar but as it was still quite early, about 10pm, I was the only one in there. Still, I had a wee dance to myself and I kept the DJ happy while the place filled up.

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Then I went to Roadhouse Bar. It had opened in year I was in Scotland and they have live music with a rock flavour so it suits me quite well. I met a few friends in there that I haven’t seen for a while. First up, was the gorgeous Özüm who used to work in Art Cafe. She was certainly one of the most beautiful barmaids I have ever met. Incredibly photogenic and everytime I saw her I hat to take her photo so I saw no need to make an exception this night.

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Then I saw Hayati. We have hung out together a few times mainly through our mutual friend, Banu, but as he and I were alone on this occassion we teamed up for the rest of the evening, despite the fact that his English is as good as my Turkish we had a lot of fun.

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Then I met the lovely Ferhan who I partied with on a few occasions before and who I even met up with on a trip to Olympos one time, along with some other friends.

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Around 2am I went with Hayati down to King Bar where I met Şerefe. Şerefe means Cheers in Turkish and every time I see her I am in a pub, so Şerefe indeed!

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I then got talking to a couple of young lads from Sweden. They were here for a few days so I gave them a few pointers. I met up with them a day or so later as well as they were staying close to my ex-wife’s apartment in Konyaalti.

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In fact, I shared a taxi back to Konyaalti with them and was going to kip on their sofa as it was quite late and I didn’t want to wake up the people who I was staying with. However, I saw that they were quite nervous to let a strange man come to their apartment so I let it slide and instead I headed to the Beach, passing the Russian Dolls on the way.

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Although I only slept for an hour or two on the Beach, it was pretty cold without a blanket and as soon as the sun came up I went for a swim before going back to where I was staying.

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The next time I went out I took a key with me. 😉

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