Original playout date: 4 April 2008
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.
Continue reading “Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #18 – “Arrival in Istanbul again””
Original playout date: 18 February 2008
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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Original playout date: 17 February 2008
I remember this day in January 2016 as the first time I had walked a full 16 km since my youth. This corresponds o an early point in my now 11 year attempt to lose weight and gain strength in walking, which has been an up and down journey, but which has probably enabled me to live this long, as I was not in a good state before, unable to walk many kilometres, even just a few months prior to this.
Here are some of the lovey things I saw in the earlier part of that day after the church visit I had in the morning.
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Original playout date: 28 January 2008
This evening we are in Taksim, in Beyoğlu, where the most thriving part of the city’s nightlife is, with shops open until late, and restaurants until even later. We went to one restaurant famous for the quality of its mezedes or hors d’oeuvres and were treated to some impromptu fasıl music. The title “Ye Beni” means “Eat me”, though whether it has the full range of meanings associated with that phrase in vernacular English I couldn’t begin to ask. Maybe someone here will tell me?
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Original playout date: 27 January 2008
The cats are singing songs of war to each other, and Istanbul street food fills my stomach, as we enter the second instalment of my Turkish series.
Continue reading “Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #2 – Evening in Ortakoy”