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My Turkey travelogues

Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #21 – Journey home from Turkey


Original YT playout date: 4 May 2008
Duration: 14:08

The 21st and final part of Huliganov’s Turkish experience – final that is until I go back there in 2014, This rounds off the current series, and some folks from Turkey who watched all 21 episodes concluded that I came away with a better understanding of Turkey than most visitors they know about, which I took as a great compliment. I think Turkey’s a fantastic place. Much better than I thought it would be.

Before my first visit I did not want Turkey to join the EU because they might spoil it by introducing Islam. Now I’m more worried that the EU could actually ruin their successes, built originally by the massive statesman Ataturk. They have a secular society, which means that although Islam is the majority religion, most people in the big cities are fairly disinterested and the clerics and zealots don’t get to push everyone else around. They know how to deal with Islam in their society, we don’t. We give the Islamic pushers more room to manoeuvre than they get in Turkey, and the EU would probably end up telling Turkey to give more freedom to the religious conservatives, allowing them to wear their scarfs in Parliament, etc, as well as forcing them to stop preparing certain local delicacies which we think are not healthy, like sheeps’ intestines.

In the end one way or another, we may be destined never to be in the same Union, but we should be close friends with Turkey, and allow them the best trade and mobility relations with our countries.”
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #20 – “Back to Cicek Pasaji”


Original YT playout date: 7 April 2008
Duration: 8:18

If a restaurant has been good, I like to go there again. So, more great live music and food shots, as well as a visit to the celebrated Koska shop, the home of Turkish Delight!

Nice to see the same faces and hear the music and taste the food. I hope to go there again one day. I wonder if the same guys will be there.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #19 – “Hotel Sapphire and Hamdi Restaurant, Eminonu”


Original playout date: 7 April 2008
Duration: 7:57

A look at two Turkish delights in Istanbul, the Hotel Sapphire where we stayed, and the Hamdi Restaurant in Eminonou, where I also ate many years later with a different group.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #18 – “Arrival in Istanbul again”


Original playout date: 4 April 2008
Duration: 9:20

This starts the third of my three trips in 2008 to Turkey, which makes up this series, so in a sense I am in the home straight. On this occasion I was accompanied by my boss and good friend Adam, who is keeping quiet during the filming.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #17 – Returning from Kutahya


Original playout date: 31 March 2008
Duration: 4:29

Enjoy the scenery as we return overland to Ankara from Kutahya
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #16 – Eating in Kutahya


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 5:33

Scenes from two fine meals, incorporating perfect Turkish hospitality, fine food, fine ceramic and football with Fenerbahce.

Black carrot juice with spices – a fine drink they should sell over here too. It sounds like I am saying “blackcurrant juice” but it is actually black carrots. Checking this out, I note that what this is is not a separate species, just the purple form which is actually the way they looked as they came into Europe in the tenth Century AD, along the silk road, while the orange version we know and love was only emerging in Afghanistan at around that time, and arrived some time later.

Carrots are one vegetable with quite interesting comparative etymologies, having clumps of similar words for them in similar languages, but these don’t really resemble one another. I hope to enlarge on that one day in a series of etymological articles.

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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #15 – Looking at Porcelain


Original playout date: 19 March 2008
Duration: 14:19

We went to Kutahya, the porcelain centre of Turkey to buy a business, and on the way I talk a bit about busines books and how they tend to be too positive and upbeat.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #14 – Ankara and the route west


Original playout date: 15 March 2008
Duration: 14:25

It’s the 14th part of Huliganov’s Turkish Experience series, and we go across country at surprising altitudes towards Kutahya. On the way we experience amazing Turkish hospitality
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #13 – Cold Turkey


Original playout date: 8 March 2008
Duration: 12:21

Huliganov cannot stand the heat and needs to get out of the hotel room. We include a hotel room review for this Ankara hotel, and then we go outside.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #12 – Arrival in Ankara


Original playout date: 24 February 2008
Duration: 18:48

Here’s my taxi ride into Ankara. Once again I only get the chance to film in the night, which is not so good from the photographic viewpoint, but at least you get an idea of what it’s like to take a taxi into Ankara from Esenboga airport, some 35 km to the North East of Ankara. This film contains about half of that ride.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #11 – Fun with Fasil


Original playout date: 22 February 2008
Duration: 16:22

“Suyu gibi asiz ol!” This is another of my all time faves. With my good friends and colleagues from Istanbul. One of the evenings it would be so nice to go back and repeat.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #10 – Live at the Hippodrome


Original playout date: 18 February 2008
Duration: 10:53

It’s Sunday night live at the Hippodrome, but in this case the original hippodrome from Constantinople, along with other sights such as more of the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the “New mosque” which is new at 400 years old.
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