December 2012: Istanbul, Turkey

Synopsis for Turkey:   Living expenses are roughly the same as living in the states, though fresh fruit and vegetables and fish and bread are significantly less.  Alcohol is spendy as the Islamic influence frowns on its consumption. Domestic airline travel on Pegasus Airlines is ridiculously inexpensive.  Public transportation is moderate- approx. $2.50 a ride on metro.

Date Amount Details Category
12/1/2012 14.50 € Western Union Fee to send   apartment deposit to Istanbul Lodging
12/2/2012 100.00 € Apartment deposit Lodging
12/5/2012 2,983.00 TL Rent in Istanbul for December   06, 2012-January 16, 2013 (43 days= $38 /day + Utilities Lodging
12/5/2012 215.60 TL Excess baggage fee  + in-flight water (Pegasus Airlines- cheap   prices=steep fees) Transportation
12/6/2012 25.00 TL Dinner out Eating out
12/6/2012 35 TL Groceries Groceries
12/7/2012 46.00 TL Groceries Groceries
12/10/2012 5.45 TL Groceries Groceries
12/11/2012 37.00 TL Lunch Eating out
12/9/2012 14.00 TL coffee and muffins Eating out
12/9/2012 39.90 TL Shopping  (new pants) Personal expenses
12/8/2012 86.50 TL Groceries (big dinner – lamb   meatballs, nice wine) Groceries
12/7/2012 25.45 TL Shopping (cards) Personal expenses
12/11/2012 50.00 € Subway card (We put 50TL credit   on the card)
12/16/2012 51.00 TL Groceries Groceries
12/17/2012 31.00 TL Dinner out Eating out
12/18/2012 10 TL Donation to Blue Mosque Entertainment
12/18/2012 36.00 TL Groceries Groceries
12/19/2012 57 TL Internations social event Entertainment
12/20/2012 17.00 TL Groceries Groceries
12/21/2012 20 TL Added $$ to our metro card Transportation
12/22/2012 31 TL Spice market Groceries
12/22/2012 35 TL Groceries Groceries
12/22/2012 7.00 TL packing envelopes Personal expenses
12/23/2012 30 TL Lunch Eating out
12/23/2012 50 TL Topkapi Museum (HOLY BIG JEWELS,   BATMAN!…86 carat diamond) Entertainment
12/24/2012 12TL Roasted Chicken Groceries
12/24/2012 7.00 TL Fresh Vegetables from vegi stand Groceries
12/25/2012 50TL Ferry Tickets for ride up   Bosphorus  25/per Entertainment
12/25/2012 5.00 TL Morning Latte Eating out
12/25/2012 50TL Lunch in Anadolu Kavagi   (Disembark from ferry -view (Black Sea) Eating out
12/25/2012 21TL Bottle of wine & a beer Groceries
12/26/2012 5.00 TL Vegetables (fellow drives around   neighborhood and sells from back of truck) Groceries
12/27/2012 30.00 TL Movie: Life of Pi  ($7.50/ticket) Entertainment
12/28/2012 19.20 TL Groceries Groceries
12/29/2012 40.00 TL Ice skating (four people) with   Internation’s couple Entertainment
12/29/2012 40.00 TL Lunch (great locals’ dive grand   bizaar biz people ate there) Eating out
12/29/2012 70.00 TL Dinner with couple we met   through Internations Eating out
12/29/2012 50.00 TL Various spices and a shirt at   Grand Bazaar- Let the haggling begin! Personal expenses
12/30/2012 100.00 TL Whirling Dervishes ceremonial   dance Entertainment
12/30/2012 6.00 TL Turkish tea after show (small   outdoor plaza filled with short tables and stools) Eating out
12/31/2012 40.00 TL Bottle of spirits Groceries
JANUARY
1/1/2013 10.00 TL Coffee shop Eating out
1/2/2013 35.00 TL Groceries Groceries
1/2/2013 32.00 TL Dinner out Eating out
1/3/2013 80.00 TL Jazz club Entertainment
1/4/2013 48.00 TL Groceries Groceries
1/5/2013 1.50 TL Loaf of Bread and cookies Groceries
1/6/2013 50.00 TL Groceries Groceries
1/7/2013 110.00 TL Groceries  (several days worth of receipts) Groceries
1/8/2013 41.00 TL multiple trips to coffee shop Eating out
1/9/2013 44.00 TL personal
1/10/2013 18.50 TL thank you gift personal
1/16/2013 400.00 TL Utilities on apartment (6 weeks) Lodging
1/16/2013 50.00 TL Taxi ride to Airport Transportation
Sub- Total:
Eating Out 286.00 TL
Entertainment 250.00 TL
Groceries 557.65 TL
Internet Access 0.00 TL
Lodging 3,097.50 TL
Personal Expenses 184.85 TL
Transportation 265.60 TL
Grand Total (Istanbul) 4,641.60 TL $2,607.00

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