It took 7 hours by bus from Bugas to Istanbul, unfortunately an hour of that time was wasted at the stupid disorganized border crossing. Did you know that Canada and Australia are the only two countries in the world who have to fork out 50€ to enter Turkey whereas everyone else only pays 25€? Why? Anyways, the trip down went well, the bus stopped just the right amount of times for pee breaks (I get nervous in cars without toilets now) and there where zero smelly people sitting near me. Once we arrived at the central bus station I knew just what to do; I grabbed mom by the arm, pushed us onto a busy metro, got off at the right station, weaved us through thousands of street vendors and jumped onto the local tram. Our hotel is right in front of the Blue Mosque, our room is on the top floor next to the breakfast area with the most incredible views. I love it here!