Tuesday, December 06, 2011


This is much more than a talk about tea... it's a primer on Turkey and the Turks.  I spent three years in Turkey and pretty much enjoyed every minute.  Granted, there were times during that three years that were less than exciting but I never failed to be enthralled by the country, its history, its beauty, and its friendly people.  And yeah... I drank a LOT of çay.  Raki, too... but that's another story (see the vid at the link).  

Go ahead... spend some time with this video.  I think you'll be glad ya did.


  1. Enjoyed that, Buck!
    And since I can never explore a different culture without exploring its dances, too, I found this fun one...

    Kolbasti Dance

    "Kolbastı is a popular Turkish dance. It was originally created in the 1930s in the seaport of Trabzon [ever been to Trabzon, Buck?] on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. Loosely translated, 'kolbastı' means 'caught red-handed by the police.' According to legend, the name comes from nightly police patrols of the city to round up drunks, who made up a song with the lyrics: 'They came, they caught us, they beat us' (in Turkish: 'Geldiler, bastılar, vurdular')."

  2. I like to see a drunk attempt the kolbasti. ;-)

    This was the first thing I looked at this morning, Bec, and it got my day off to a great start. Thanks for that! And no... never made it to Trabzon. I made a few trips to Samsun, though.


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