Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Nargile Smoker, Istanbul
You don't just buy the carpet, you drink some cay and if you're curious, you ask questions, learning a little of somebody else's life.
Carpet chosen, Ali and his friend led us through dark Istanbul streets to this nargile cafe tucked away in the back of an ancient Ottoman cemetery. It was incredible ... my American friend was visiting and discovering Turkey wasn't the big bad wolf she'd seen on tv back home in States, my American colleague and his Turkish wife were there too.
It's taking the time and talking to people that makes travel magic ...