The woman from Hagia Sophia - 2

She, the daughter of Vespasian, stayed there in ancient Constantinople (Bizantium*), keeping her secrets and those of the Empire that Flavius managed successfully. When I saw in the encyclopedia that he was born on November 17, I thought that what happened might have been related to Emperor's coming birthday. His civil service, Vespasian Emperor, awkward began as a military tribune in Thrace. His only daughter, Flavia, died at the age of 30. She was deified as Augusta (Divine) by her younger brother Domitian in 85 years. 
What is the connection with her and the Thracian Byzantine (Constantinople) I do not know. My attempts to find some information in the Internet were in vain. But I believe what I have seen and experienced....
In the late afternoon of the same day I started preparing for the next flight. The instructions of the Turkish Airlines were that at 17:00. a car would come to pick us up. From the group that missed flights the previous night, only I and two Arabs remained. At 17:00. there was still no car.


Then the men offered me to take a taxi and share expenses (very nice on their side). Going out, I sat on the back seat with the older, while the younger one, who had some knowladge of Turkish, sat next to the driver. I was talking to my neighbor. It turned out that he was a  Palestinian from Morocco, an "educational boss" who was traveling to a conference in Ryazan, Russia. 
The man was in a panic. Throughout the trip he was shouting at the driver, "Seydie, shuffle, shuffle!" after which he began to mention Allah and to make dua after the dua. All of this was done with a great gesture of hands and cries. Hardly has Allah been mentioned so many times in so short a time by a man.


To the left side of me came the fortress walls of Byzantium, Constantinople. At first I thought it was something like a movie decor, it was so majestic and preserved. But the miles were passing, and the fortress continued to curve, here well preserved, there less so, but generally majestic. For me, it was a real surprise.
I had no idea what was left of the old Byzantine capital; I always thought that everything was destroyed, probably by comparing what was left of Turnovgrad (Veliko Tarnovo - the old capital of Bulgaria, ruined after Otoman invasion). There is no doubt that only Jerusalem could compete with the brilliance of this city.


But where Christ is left out of the heart, Mohammed has entered without a problem....
Ataturk Airport is really something huge when compared to the airports in Bucharest and Kuwait. But the chaos was constant and the security too weak for such an explosive place. Compensation for this was the gorgeous food on the plane :)
For Kuwait and my life there I will write another time. 
*The etymology of Byzantium is unknown. It has been suggested that the name is of Thracian origin. It may be derived from the Thracian personal name Byzas. Ancient Greek legend refers to King Byzas, the leader of the Megarian colonists and founder of the city
Veneta Stoyanova (Nadia)
10.10.2010