Thursday was our day for "The Other Tour", which was outstanding. Rather than seeing the tourist spots, the purpose of this tour was to show us what Istanbul is really like. We rode through one of the very expensive neighborhoods of the city, took a boat across the Bosphorus River to the Asian side (yes, Istanbul is the only city that is in two continents - Europe and Asia) where they make "the best yogurt in the world" (it could well have been), we walked through a couple of the poorest neighborhoods of Istanbul (photo), visited a school (first grade class with one teacher and 55 kids) (photo), had a wonderful lunch at the guide's mother's house, experienced a Turkish Bath in a bathhouse from the fifteenth century, walked through the busiest area of Istanbul at supper time (outdoes Times Square by a long shot in number of people on the streets and the openair restaurants), and ended the day with a traditional Turkish dinner in a restaurant with traditional Turkish music as live entertainment. We were gone from 9 AM to 11:15 PM, but it was a wonderful touch of what life in Istanbul is really like. There were 14 interesting people on the tour, and our guide was a young (somewhat over-confident) 23-year old who came up with this idea and runs it with the help of family and friends.