Part 1 of 3: It was my birthday and I got my wish! I was about to embark on a sunset cruise of the Bosphorus. Just being in Istanbul was one dream realized. It was my next-to-last day in Turkey after a 2-week tour and I'd wanted to be on the Bosphorus at dusk. My friends and I found our way to the ferry docks at Eminönü just in time to board. As the boat pulled away from the dock, I looked back and saw the domes and minarets of the New Mosque (Yeni Cami) behind us. I was so overwhelmed by the sights and sounds that I could barely think, yet I managed to take a photo. So many thoughts... The Golden Horn! The divide between Europe and Asia... My friends had found seats on the top deck but it wasn't long before I'd moved to the edge of the boat where I could have an unobstructed view. I was a little calmer now, and my camera was ready!