Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Pictures from around our town
A restaurant in the old part of town. I think it's interesting that they named it Washington Restaurant. I wonder who thought of that!
A bin of mixed nuts. Peanuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and dried chickpeas 3 different ways.
Manti - a Turkish dish similar to ravioli. It is covered in a yogurt sauce with a red pepper oil over the top. The green spice sprinkled on top is mint.
A cushion seller.
A traditional circumcision outfit. Boy are circumcised at about age 7 or 8 in an elaborate ceremony. We were invited to the circumcision of one of Will's friends when he attended Turkish school. He said that he couldn't imagine everyone knowing that he was about to have that done! If it was him he wouldn't want to tell anyone!
Many Saturdays in Turkey you can find guys like these sitting around in the streets of the old part of town. They are waiting to be hired for wedding preparations. They stand outside the bride's house and play while she is getting ready. There are usually different musicians for the actual wedding reception. We've also seen guys like these playing outside of hairdressers as the bride is having her hair done for her wedding.
A row of Nargile pipes for sale. Also known as hookahs.
A house built inside the Ankara castle walls. A very poor section of the city. I thought it was interesting that there were three satellite dishes on the roof.
Change purses made from old Turkish kilims/rugs.