ISTANBUL – So, I arrived Friday and stayed at a nice 5-star hotel in Sultanahmet, the historic quarter. I felt secure, safe, walked around at will. Yesterday, I changed hotels as my client is putting me up at the Ritz Carlton. Which I must say is very nice.
But there are big barricades out front where they check for bombs under your car. And they scan your bags when you go in an out. I’ve experienced this before but thought it was quite interesting. Clearly they are protecting VIPs (like me ha ha) but all the security seems to draw more attention to the place and makes me feel like I am in greater danger of getting blown up by a car bomb, not less danger. I’m suddenly acutely conscious that all my fellow guests are probably the people car bombers want to blow up.
No one would car bomb my other hotel. Which had a lovely Turkish bath in my room. Or maybe they would.
Just a thought, anyway.