A tale of one city

The hot and cultural travel destination of Istanbul  is attracting lots of tourist this summer.

As the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is located on two different continents, visitors get to experience a whirlwind of history and adventure from a European and Asian perspective.

First off, the original kebabs must be eaten at plate of shredded lamb, cucumber, tomatoes, french fries and butter rice savors those taste buds. A fresh non-alcoholic beverage of pineapple and orange juice with ice cubes is refreshing as you view the prime location close to the Best Western Istanbul Saint Sophia Hotel. Afterwards, a stroll in Gulhame Park captures beautiful flowers, trees, streams, monuments and statues dedicated to Turkey. Of course then you must visit the massive Hagia Sophia. It’s a place to stop and take those Kodak moment pictures to treasure forever! The Byzantine and Ottoman Empire displays in excellent fashion their famous monuments including the Obelisk.



Afterwards, walk along the cobblestone streets towards the Hippodrome of Constantinople to feel and see history starting at the Islamic Art & Culture Museum filled with carpets, cooking ware, across from the Blue Mosque. Remember when visiting to cover your head and shoulders as well as remove your shoes as a sign of respect. Then within the center promenade, you can buy colorful scarfs, eat roasted corn, Turkish bread and enter some of the most amazing carpet shops for intricately designed tapestry. Following that for shopping, Taskim Square, Grand Baazar, Spice Bazaar offer all those cool local souvenirs. Also shopping on Istiklal Avenue in Beyoglu district can be surprising as to what you can find such as traditional tea sets.

When searching for your next stop, the promenade along the river shows the Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, Maiden’s Tower, Bosphorus Bridge all located on the European side. Soon enough though, there will be a tunnel approximately 60 meters until the sea to connect Istanbul’s European and Asian lands. Then the Asian side is more residential featuring local shops and stores full of traditional trinkets of all kinds.

It’s important to see the three lovely Princes’ Islands with fish market towns, swimming and beers on the beach to see the Golden Horn. Also the horse carriage ride is cute and romantic for those couples out there. The Meditteranean climate is decent for a shirt, a pair of shorts and sneakers. The strolling about especially Valens Aqueduct for the amazing architecture.

Heading back to the hotel, listen to MTV Turkey to get in the mood with local tunes and get hype for a night out. Begin at the Yildizlar Restaurant for fresh seafood ranging from lobster, crab and prawns. Then for an after dinner drink, Raki, a non-sweet, anise-flavored spirit gets you started for a night out.

When dinner is finished, take a taxi to Kadikoy where there’s an assortment of  entertainment including cafes for authentic Turkish coffee, restaurants, pubs, lounges, bars, clubs cinemas and art galleries. Dress code is formal with nice shirts and pants for men as well as dresses and heels for women.

Despite the neighboring nation, Syria protesting against political reforms, Turkey has remained stable in welcoming people with hospitality. Turkey hasn’t let the demonstrations disrupt its flow of tourism. There have even been marches for better protection over their women to convey a message to their society.

Continuing on this Turkish adventure, next stop…Bodrum!

All photos taken by Niya Sinckler.

Technology Memory Takeover

Computers and the internet are creating a new wave for the nature of our memory as people seek information.

When those difficult questions come about, people grab their phones, laptops and computers to find answers.

Photo from Tmobile.

In this day and age of technology, more and more people are relying on the internet. This ranges from children to students to CEOs of major businesses. According to researcher, Daniel M. Wegner, the internet possesses a transactive memory where we expect a source to remember information for us. People appreciate what the internet can offer even though they have a wide range of information stored already.

Politics university student, Asher Nwokedi, 21 said, ” I rely heavily on Google and other search engines solely because it enables me to research in greater detail and consider both sides of an argument. Yes I have acquired knowledge through the years but the internet offers me the chance to support my ideals with evidence, statistics and with a second opinion.”

Photo from Apple.

The BBC highlights how stored information relates to short-term and long-term memory. People usually only know information relating to their profession instead of general knowledge about various things going on in the world. We feel as though we don’t need to know that much and choose to remember less.

From Harvard University, researchers believe that the internet is a form of transactive memory as it appears that couples rely on each other through an exchange of information. Then when you’re single, you simply Google the information. To some extent, this may have a negative effect yet we are changing the way we think and process information. This can also determine reaction time during a conversation when technology is not present.

Some people choose to store information while others expect they can just find it online. That is, if they know where to look with sufficient time and resources. For the most part, people like to or pretend to know things but the internet is always there to back it up as last minute evidence.

Diet soda sippers

People are drinking the fizzy sugar infested sodas to manage their daily calorie count. Yet diet sodas are not as healthy as you think in relation weight gain according to the LA Times.
Photo from Promote Health.
A 10-year study from the University of Texas revealed that people who drink daily multiple amounts of diet soda gained more weight around their waistlines. Also, the diet drinkers possess seventy per cent more abdominal fat than people who stick to regular carbonated beverages.
Besides muffin top and flabby stomaches, the excess abdominal fat has been linked to a major risk for diabetes as it raises blood sugar levels, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
At the American Diabetes Association in San Diego, California, sociologist and epidemiologist, Helena P. Hazuda said, “The promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised. They may be free of calories, but not of consequences.” From the NY Daily News, a study examined 2,564 daily diet soda drinkers in Manhattan who appeared to have significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke than people who said they weren’t diet soda sippers.
Kim Heinz, 20, journalism student in London said, “I don’t like diet sodas because of all the sweeteners in them. To be honest, I don’t like regular soda either :D I prefer juice, water and tea.” Therefore, it’s a wise choice to stay away from those sugary sodas and caffeinated beverages which carry more consequences.