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Ahh, Istanbul… Going there should be on everybody’s bucket list…
Stay in Sultan Ahmad (don’t eat there though… a little pricey), see the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market, Topkapi… gorge on loqma and baklava (Mehmed Effendi near Spice Market, and Hafiz Mustafa near Sikeci are must-go)…
One trip is just not going to be enough. Only Edinburgh has a similar wow factor (see the Scott Monument on an overcast day, and you may know what I mean), and that is much smaller canvas.
Please tell me that you own the typewriter at the opening of your dispatches, and that you take it with you to take down your notes.
This would honour the nation of Turkey. They seem to have found a way to blend the old with the new; resist extremism and provide an example to the countries of Asia Minor that there is a way to prosper.
While Shia fight Sunni in an ongoing power struggle elsewhere, secular Turkey has learned to accomodate and compromise and it works.
I hope Egypt somehow finds its way into a Turkish Style government, some will point out its problems, but it has found a peaceful and productive balance.
One thing I think Turkey needs to resolve is the issue with its Kurdish population, and the Kurdish population in their neighboring countries. I don’t pretend to know what sort of compromise could be reached. but an end to that violence and struggle would be welcome.
I am attempting to write a work of fiction, part of which takes place in the Van / Tatvan regions of Eastern Turkey, and while reading about the area I have become fascinated with it. Perhaps someday I will be able to ride the train from the Iranian border to Istanbul.
Thank you for this interesting video
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