Experience a more residential feel in Istanbul with a quick ferry ride to Uskudar.

 

A beautiful mosque in Uskudar, the Asian side of #Istanbul. #Turkey #Travel

A photo posted by Monica Wong (@_monicawong) on

For 1.5 lira, I took a ferry ride to Uskudar. When I landed on the Anatolian shore of the Bosporus River, there was a massive line snaked around the dock. I followed it all the way to the beginning and discovered that everyone was lined up waiting to be served their first meal of the day during Ramadan.

Uskudar is a very residential district. Many of the people here are locals who commute to Eminonu for work. There is a large population of university students and retirees. I walked to a small square near the dock and people-watched as night fell. As soon as the mosques started chanting, everyone around me began rustling  their plastic bags.

Read more »