Sah bar, Besiktas, $2,000 bet and making friends in Turkey
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My friend Sara arrived on the 24th of October. She and my friend Chris Nikkel had been here earlier in February and made friends that they still kept in contact with. She was coming to help make my transition a bit smoother by introducing me to them and given me a low down on the city.
Having her there gave me a nice little jolt of refreshment in an otherwise completely unknown city, situation and culture. Being in such a daze from the rough two days of straight travel I didn’t so much on my own, but walk around the city to the water front, get to know people in my hostel, sleep and more sleep !
When she arrived we hit the ground running and we met several people she had befriended while previously there.
Well Gohkan said he was joining friends for drinks and to watch the big football game that night. I was hoping he would invite us because I dig European football and I really wanted to watch that game in a good place.
We ended up at what became later my favorite watering hole in Turkey- Sah Bar. We met my good friend Kursat there and the owner of the bar, Ohnor and Kursat’s business partner Ferrat and Swat one of the bartenders and several others. It was, to say an unbelievable night. Besiktas shocked the world with a 2-1 win over Liverpool in decisive fashion and from that ushered in a belligerent night of partying and good spirits.
Later Kursat would be instrumental in helping me land my first job in Turkey and helping me understand the culture and that a helping hand from a Turkish friend is an invaluable item to hold.