I fell in love with Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city. It has a rich history of multiculturalism, as a result of its position as a major trade hub on the Aegean Sea, although it was a city with a major Greek population that was forced to move during the population exchange of the early 1920s. We had the entire day to ourselves to explore and relax, which was a nice change of pace from the rest of the trip. I walked with friends up and down the harbor, explored the Agora (market), and ate cheesecake and tea by the sea. Later there was an adventure involving a Turkish wedding and a birthday outing to a bar. In spite of the 6am wakeup call, we relished the loud music, expensive beer, and confetti rockets. Now that’s my kind of city.