Safe in Istanbul
I was half a mile from where the bomb went off today in Taksim. I couldn’t stay at the apartment I was renting because it is in the Taksim neighborhood, and the US embassy sent a notice advising to stay out of the area. Staying with friend tonight who lives here in an apartment outside of tourist areas. Streets are empty, everyone hunkering down. We’re all hoping there are no more attacks tomorrow or the next day during the Newroz holiday. I’m planning on not doing much at all until it feels safe again. I leave Turkey on Thursday.