Alex and I are heading off to Istanbul for Christmas. We tend to get two reactions to that statement: 1) AWESOME! and 2) Why Istanbul?
Let me explain.There were several factors in the decision making process, and we had to sit down and slug it out.
We both agreed on the first criteria. Two years ago we went to Berlin for Christmas, and while it was great, it was freezing! It was so cold, I can’t even begin to tell you, and I’m a hardy mountain girl! So our first, joint criteria was somewhere warmer than the North Pole. We don’t watch beachy hot, but not “oh my god I just froze off an important body part” cold. So that ruled out Norway, Finland, Iceland, etc. We started throwing around ideas: Greece? Portugal? Sao Paolo? Too many options. It was time to think deeper.
My big idea was that I wanted a place in a non-Christian country. That might seem odd, but think about it: I’m on holiday! I want to go places and see things and do stuff. And if everyone else is celebrating Christmas, then all those places to go and things to see will be closed. Bummer. But if we go to a non-Christian nation, then December 25 is just a regular day in the week, like the 24 days before it. So with that in mind, I came to the bargaining table with MOROCCO.
Meanwhile, my better half decided that he really wanted to go somewhere and see a new Metro system that he hadn’t seen before. Also, a place with trams would be cool too. He came to the table with the bright idea of going to VIENNA.
Unfortunately, my bright idea and his bright idea canceled each other out, leaving us totally in the dark. Until we had a brainstorm. ISTANBUL! It’s perfect! It’s warm(ish), it’s in a Muslim country, and they have tons of public transport, with subways, trains, dolmuses, and even a funicular! So there you have it. Not a compromise, but the true definitely of a synergy. And some fantastic Christmas plans. I can’t wait!