Tag Archives: Turkey

Hagia Sophia Istanbul
0 comments / 1 votes

“Hello my friend.” It is my first full day in Istanbul, Turkey, and I am leaving Gülhane Park, near Topkapi Palace, my mind contemplating where I will go for my first dinner in the city. For most of the day, I have been able to avoid the city’s notoriously pushy salesmen, but as soon as I hear those three words, I know that I’ve been caught. The two young men sidle up to me, one on each side. They are both well-dressed, with sharply pressed slacks, suit coats and highly polished shoes. Their friendly dialogue is refined from years of practice on similarly distracted tourists. Each question, resembling small talk, is crafted to gauge my income and interest in their product. “Where are you from?” While Americans are known to love shopping, the British pound is worth more in exchange. “Ah, America. There are big houses in America. Do you have a big house?” Again, sizing up your wealth. “How long have you been in Istanbul?” The longer you’ve been in the city, the more time you’ve already had to spend your money. Willingly, I let the encounter play out. Carpets and the touts who sell them are an integral […]

0 comments / 1 votes

Archives

> <
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec