I purchased my ticket to Istanbul this afternoon - thank you all so much for your thoughtful contributions to the poll on where I should go...the unfortunate part about writing is that sarcasm isn't immediately obvious - that was sarcasm people, no one responded to my poll. Boo to you all.
So anyway, I'm super duper excited about spending 3 days in Istanbul, the 4th day will be spent travelling back to Tripoli. It's still a couple of weeks away yet, but it's nice to have something new to look forward to. If any of you have any tips I'd love to hear them!