I have tried over and over and over to put pictures on my blog of my favorite place in Istanbul. No matter how many times I tried to add them I kept getting a server error. I was told to try again in 30 seconds. Well, I am not going to admit to how many times I tried. Let me just say I don't have enough fingers and toes to count all the tries. So I decided to just throw another picture in to see if it would post. Of course. Of course it posted just fine. So here is that picture.
the shoeshine boys
And now for the story behind this picture. We saw quite a few of these guys roaming the streets looking for shoes to shine. After they passed us this is how the conversation between Brian and I went.
Natalie: Hey, stop for a sec...I want to take a picture of the backside of the shoeshine boys.
Brian: I wish you could hear yourself sometimes.
Natalie: Why? What did I say wrong?
Brian: You want to take a picture of their backsides?
Natalie: No....that's not what I meant! You know that's not what I meant.
Brian: Well, it's what you said.
And later after showing the picture and telling that story to a friend he said, "Well, would you look at their backsides! Look at those jeans!"
Which I can promise you I never noticed until they were pointed out to me.
And no the shoeshine boys aren't holding hands. It just looks that way. There is no such thing as personal space here. If you are walking together you walk close...no matter how much room there is on the sidewalk around you! That's just the way it is.
So now you know. And by golly I am going to keep trying to get those other pictures on here. I am now even more determined. You can't just have shoeshine boy pictures. I won't stand for it.