Over the weekend, just a few days after the shooting, I stopped at the makeshift memorial in front of the Reina nightclub.
It was just a few days after the tragic shooting left 39 people dead and scores wounded. It was a chilly, rainy day in this historic city, made all the more cold and damp by the somber scene in front of the nightclub. But Istanbul remains one of my favorite cities in the world.
During times like these, I’m reminded that the worst four-letter word starting with “f” is fear, and I refuse to be governed by it. Instead, I will be back in Istanbul in the next few weeks. The city (and its people) needs us for support. At the same time, we should send a message to the world that these acts of terrorism will not deter our life, lifestyle, our culture, or our freedom of expression.
For more from Peter Greenberg about travel safety, check out:
- Why I Don’t Let Fear Dictate My Travel Plans
- After the Terrorist Attacks: Why I Will Return to Kenya Soon
- How Travel Security Could Change After Recent Travel Attacks
By Peter Greenberg for PeterGreenberg.com