Get some cash at Üsküdar

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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ferry dock, landing, pier, iskelesi, waiting, üsküdar, uskudar, eminönü, eminonu, haliç, halic, golden horn, boğaz, bogaz, bosphorus, haliç hattı, halic hatti, golden horn line, istanbul, turkey, türkiye, turkiye, atm, unusual, cash, banks, finance, economy, wall, windows

Please note this image is not as over-sharpened as RedBubble makes it look!

Part of my The joys of waiting for the ferry collection, shot in Istanbul, October 2011. Read more about it at the intro to the series.
You could use the collection to navigate the series, or use these small thumbnails below to jump around as you like.

Ferry dock at Üsküdar   Life of a dock fender (Eminönü)   Eminönü SOS: a lifebuoy at the ferry dock   Between the ferry docks at Eminönü   Broken pattern (Eminönü)  
Street food - the best pilav ever at Hasköy   What people do when waiting for the ferry   Not so nautical - Hasköy ferry dock   Knot - Hasköy ferry dock   Crates at the Sütlüce ferry dock  
Loose pipes... - Eminönü   ...Victaulic gauges - Eminönü   Get some cash at Üsküdar   Water, wood, concrete, paint (Sütlüce)   Yet another way to wait (Sütlüce)  
Encrustration (Hasköy)   Waiting for the ferry passengers (Üsküdar)   Water, metal, concrete, paint (Hasköy)   The blues (Haydarpaşa)   Daily commute - crossing the Bosphorus  

Need some cash? Right across from the ferry dock at Üsküdar (one stop at the Bosphorus end of the Golden Horn line, as the text at the top of this building suggests) we find this ‘bank’ of ATMs – from seven different banks, no less! Handy for when you’re waiting for the ferry to arrive, or just coming home from your work on the European side.

For us from the Netherlands this is an unusual sight though: our banks make use of a common electronic network for their ATMs, which means that you can use your debit card from practically any bank at an ATM from practically any bank, and without any extra cost. Obviously, things don’t work like that in Istanbul!

(Don’t miss the man all the way to the left; looks like a security guard to me – not paying attention… but he could be keeping an eye on the ferries, of course!)

At the same time I found this sight symbolic for the smoothly-running economy in Turkey, even while in the rest of Europe we are facing a financial crisis. (It’s slowly making itself felt in Turkey, but not as bad, yet, by far.) There are a lot of jobs, apparently, there is a lot of building going on, and there is a lot of trade in Istanbul. All of that needs banks, banks need to hand out cash, and this is the (one) way it’s done…

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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