ginormous bag by starbags
This month we are traveling to the borders of Europe, to the magical and mystical Turkey. It is a huge and diverse country with delicious apple tea, kilim carpets, very friendly people and many-many-many mosques.
I always tell my friends, that my Turkey-journey was one of The journeys – you know, the type of journey when you feel that now you really learned something about the world – and not only because I climbed up on a huge volcano. But what makes Turkey so special? Being on the border of Europe is the answer: you may find both the Western and Eastern culture there in an enjoyable and fun mixture. How shall I start my praise for this place on Earth? With food, of course.
illustration by gecesintisi
The non-existant ham. I am a great fan of Turkish food in my home country, so I was even more happier to be able to taste the real Turkish food, which happens to be much more delicious there, on the spot. Not suprisingly, though. Throughout my 3 weeks there I always had the most delicious dishes – even at the camping sites. OK, there was one exception. I wanted to eat ham: and I was eager to find it anywhere. But you don’t find pork in Turkey; instead they make beef-ham. All right, that will do I said to myself. But as I opened it a strange smell came out: the beef-ham was gyros/schwarma flavoured – and it was not exactly the taste I was looking for.
yarn wrapped stacking bracelets by mysticfibers
Istanbul: city of morning prayers. I am pretty sure, that George Lucas was inspired by Istanbul when he was designing planet Naboo in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. I just love the shape of mosques in general – and believe me: you can find quite a few in Istanbul. I could only visit the old part of the city, but it also has a huge modern part everything you wanted from a megacity: skyscrapers, bars, clubs, crowd….and the sound of the morning prayer at around 6 am.
Fishing in Istanbul by vadjutka
Ice cream hills: One of the most beautiful sites in Turkey is Cappadocia, which happens to be a Unesco World Heritage site. Actually it is not one place, but an area with weird looking hills. My favourite is the place I call the ice cream hills, because the shape of the hill reminds me of the ice cream you get from a machine.
Ice cream hills by vadjutka
Apple Tea: You get a cup of apple tea practicly everywhere in Turkey. You get it mostly in restaurants, but you can get it while shopping in a – let’s say – carpet shop as well. I decoded it as the materialized hospitality and “stay-for-a-purchase” drink.