Blackout in Istanbul
Last night, the power in our building went out. I put my head out the window to see if it was just our building or the whole block. I saw about 6 other heads poking out of their windows to find out the same thing, and the whole block was out. So we went for a walk.
It wasn’t just our block, but at least all of Beyoğlu, and perhaps more. It was bizarre walking down Istiklal without all the lights and sounds of music coming from the shops. Many stores had generators (as brownouts are pretty common in the hotter months here) but for the most part it gave the city a very subdued tone, and provided some very beautiful scenes.