Quirky Days

Awhile back I was sitting in my pirated office in Kazasker when an elderly man stuck his head in the door and asked me to follow him. Curious as to what was in store I left my pile of work (Çop Şiş and a pitcher of Ayran) and headed out in tow.
IMG_3677.JPG Another Day At The Office

He led me down the street, around the corner, across Minibus Yolu, and into “Taç”, one of a series of chain stores scattered throughout Istanbul…where I was introduced to his wife and children.
There was no pressure to purchase or peruse he simply wanted me to see where he worked, what he did for a living and to meet his family. After a ramble amongst the wares I realized that this unplanned textile tour of “Taç” had reached its captivating climax.
IMG_3679.JPG “Movin’ Out With Metin”

I made my exit amidst much hand shaking and cheek kissing and headed back to my office and my overflowing desk with an eccentric element of this little corner of Asia to ponder. “Quirkiness” seems to be an intercontinental trait.
IMG_3685.JPGA Brief Stop On The Textile Tour

2 Comments so far

  1. fatih aykutoglu (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    I liked the things that you said about my country but why your wife and doughter keep covering their heads over .it makes it sounds like you need to cover up to go out.keep the good work but take a notice on that. Thanks


  2. Stan Steward (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    Fatih,

    Thanks so much for your comments.

    As to why my wife and daughter veil: They simply choose to cover when in areas where the majority of women cover. We are foreigners living in a country where it is deemed respectful to veil. While we have never been rebuked for the times they have not veiled…we have been thanked many, many times by local Turks for this expression of respect. It is not something that they feel they “must” do as you stated…just an expression of courtesy and respect for a great nation and people.



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