Yesterday at 6am, we were waking up on the island of Büyükada off of the coast of Istanbul (see below). By 6pm, we were lugging our bags onto the El train headed back to our Chicago apartment. Half a world away in less than a day. Pretty incredible how flight has changed the way we travel. I have so, so much to share about the trip, but the jet lag—plus a little bronchial issue—is keeping me down today. So check back in all week for more on the sights and flavors of the city, plus the thrill of bartering for Turkish rugs!