a sad anniversary

britcons.jpg i live on the asian part of istanbul. about a year ago, i was having breakfast when i heard a dreadfully loud noise and thought it was the sky falling down on that sunny day. about five minutes later, i heard a second one and rushed to turn on the tv, since we have had suicide bombings on two synagoguges that week. unfortunately, i was not wrong. they had bombed the british consulate and the hsbc bank, which are both on the european side of the city. imagine what it is like to hear it when you live kilometers away, on another continent.

now it has been a year since the two suicide bombings. the two synagogues were bombed on november 15th, a saturday, while a bar mitzvah was being held; the second attacks were on november 20th. 50 were killed and hundreds were injured.

the british consulate is in galatasaray, a very lively district on istiklal street and i took this photo the other day. i read somewhere that prince charles was here for the reopening of the newly constructed building. the reopening took place in october but still the building seems under heavy construction.

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