Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
When I traveled to Turkey in June this year, I had 2 days in Istanbul- now that is hardly a decent amount of time to look around a city as magnificent as Istanbul but it was better than never having visited the city. In a visit like this luck and surprises play a big role in your travel experience. For example I captured a photograph of a colourful staircase when I was on a bus that was taking us from Sultanahmet to go on the Bosphorous Cruise. It looked beautiful and a fair bit like the Moraga staircase I had seen in San Francisco many years ago.
When I returned home I googled ‘colourful staircase in Istanbul’ to find that the staircase had an interesting history. Apparently the stairs were painted in 2013 by a retired man called Husseyin Cetinel. He wanted to make a project that would bring a smile on people’s faces. The stairs were an instant hit and many locals and tourists flocked to it. The local municipality however decided to repaint them a dull grey during one of the nights. People were quite upset and protested leading to the municipality repainting the stairs in rainbow hue. Fascinating isn’t it?
If that isn’t serendipity I don’t know what is!
Incidentally it was only when I was writing this blog that I found there were two cats on the staircase- can you find them? No? Well I zoomed and cropped the relevant sections.