Again we are eating breakfast outside, the Turkish bread �" I love the Turkish bread, actually I do not like bread at all, but he Turkish bread has something… �" it tastes so good. And so cheap. About 10 euro cents for a loaf of bread. The price is regulated by the government, so that the poor can afford bread at least. A very wise thing in my opinion. Which I could have this here, where a pound of bread costs as much as a pound of hamburger meat. Ridiculous really.Anyways, so the Turks eat bread all the time. Where was I?
Breakfast, of course.
He's got the whole world...
With black tea out of small glasses, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sheep cheese and black olives. Yummmyyy. Sometimes an egg, often börek ( fillo dough pockets filled with sheep cheese or potatoes or meat) but always tea. They have jelly also of course, but this I do not care for to much. Too sweet and too sticky. And always fresh fruit. But even at dinner, when they will eat something like macaroni (makarna) they eat it with bread. Most of the Turkish cuisine consists of vegetables though, very little meat and if, it used to be mainly lamb, but now unfortunately chicken is finding it’s place in a lot of dishes. A chicken döner is nothing compared to a “real” döner. It’s kinda like having a Vienna Schnitzel made of pork. It’s okay, but not really good.
After breakfast we go shopping �" again. Picking up the thing that you notice you still need and little odds and ends as well. Like the buttons that my daughter ripped off her dress, another chicken döner for the boy and so on it goes. Luckily, we are staying close to Old town as they call it. So, no big department stores around yet.
Part of the city wall
Which means I can literally get anything I need in one or two streets. Oh… one of my favourite things. Go to a store and find all you need and don’t need. Mainly don’t need. And no service. I really dislike department stores. But here…there are still little grocery stores on every corner and I wonder how they survive. But, I guess because people walk instead of driving, they have to go more often and just pick up stuff on the way home. Like we are doing now. Again we go to the park, we go window shopping and we go to the stores where the animals are housed. One thing I find funny, all the stores that specialize in something are always in one area. So if you go to one street, all the shoe stores in there. Next street all the one for luggage etc. And this is in mainly in the heart of the city. You can tell by the stores how close you are getting to the tourist areas. More boutiques, higher prices, less everyday life necessities and furniture stores. Only the Hamams are spread throughout the city. So, we go and look at the animals and my heart bleeds. My daughter would like the Husky, or no, the parrot �" no look there is a monkey. And I tell her that first of all, I end up in jail, when I go home with a monkey and here they will just buy new ones to end up in a cage, so it is better not to buy any at all.
A diso that burnt out - and is left to it's destiny now
So hopefully they will go out of business. Nevertheless, I am intrigued by a hand-made wooden bird cage, that I saw an old man craft in the back of his house. Of course, no camera on me. Many people have birds. But, very, very few own dogs. Usually the ones that grew up in Europe �" and I am not sure if they have the right motives……In general, people are very afraid of dogs and they are considered unclean and definitely not something to have in the house. Cats are loved very much though, probably cause they eat the rats and mice. Even though I have never seen them there yet. Rats and mice, I mean. I have seen plenty of cats. They come visit every now and then. My daughter thought it was great to sneak out food so they would come. She did not find it so great anymore, after I told her it attracts rats and insects as well.
As we leave those poor critters to themselves and step back out in the sunlight, we decide to go back the long way and take a walk through the park.
It is full of people and it is not even tourist season. Ah, this is probably why, many people are still unemployed, because the season has not really started yet. We find a place to sit and watch the people in front of us, sitting on a blanket having a mini picknick. I enjoy the view of the ocean and think how nice it must be to have an ocean close by all the time. And, I think of all those people that think the same way and how little you actually get to see of a beach once the tourist season starts. And how loud it has become in the last years. I start walking back, stop at some stores, just to see what they have, pick up some things for dinner and go home. My neighbour sees us sitting in the garden and stops by to greet us.
Another thing that is most enjoyable, I seldom sit by myself for long. Always somebody stopping in to say hello, sit and have a tea or Turkish coffee. And chat about Germany. But, my Turkish is still not improving.
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