Greetings from the centre of the world, perhaps the greatest city in the history of the world… Istanbul.

I’m staying at the Sari Konak hotel in the Sultan Ahmet district, and am regularly awed by the visual wonders that surround me, everything from gorgeously decorated shops and restaurants haunting ancient cobblestone streets, to the historic mosques of Sultan Ahmet (400 years old) and the legendary Hagia Sofia (1600 years old) a few steps away.

As I write this it’s well past midnight and I’m alone on the roof of the hotel trying to get some work done while bathed in the eerie full moonlit glow of the Hagia Sofia, and while doused in a bottle of cheap wine. ┬áCheck out the pic: