So, to fill you in, Andrew's cousin Matt married a wonderful girl named Edit from Hungary on 7 January. We took advantage of the occasion to travel up to Europe for a week. Our flights just happened to have a 22-hour layover in Istanbul over New Year's Eve, so we thought, heck, why not? It ended up being a fabulous 22 hours. Unfortunately, we were so jetlagged we hit the sack around 8:30pm and missed all the fireworks. We still managed to be woken up about every hour or so but the drunken revelers running up and down the stairs in our hostel.
We managed to hit a few of the big attractions of Istanbul in our short time there - Aye Sofia/Hagia Sofia, a 1,500-year-old church-now-mosque-now-museum; the Blue Mosque; and, of course, Turkish Delight! (The dessert - not an actual location)