Washington Post, Starbucks & Bosphorus Breakfast

Erkan and I were contacted by Amar Bakshi, journalist with the Washington Post a couple of days ago. He told us about the project he is working on and of his impending trip to Istanbul to spend a couple of days here and get as many views as he can for what he entitled “How the world sees America – Amar C. Bakshi talks to America’s lovers and haters around the world“.
It’s not every day that we have a journalist for a major publication knocking on our door to get our opinion on a governing nation like America.

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The adorable Amar, putting up with our endless banter and nagging on politics.

Of course, we were more than eager to comply and make our merry way to go and meet him this Sunday morning. I was charged with putting together a small group of people who would share their views, like I advertised earlier on on our Metblogs page. Being a complete Starbucks junkie and knowing the SB in Bebek is a sight for sore eyes, I arranged for everyone to meet there bright and early.

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Erkan, Melih (returning Metblogs author), Ilgin (our newly acquired and already adored lifestyle blogger) and I sat around a table full of coffee and breakfast delights and gave Amar a piece of our minds. (in the nicest way possible, obviously)

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Oh look, it’s Erkan!

The opinions expressed by each and every one of our lovely authors we’re very interesting and you can read up more about them on the article that Amar will be publishing on his Washington Post blog regarding all that was said this morning at our little meeting. The pictures enclosed are there to give you a chance to meet the authors who pester you with their entries on Istanbul @ Metblogs. (these are not here for your favorite dart board)

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Saving the world, one opinion at a time.

Amar C. Bakshi’s blog at the Washington Post

8 Comments so far

  1. Alex Gallafent (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    Hello Idil and Erkan,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and then I check back to see that Omar has got to you first! :)

    See, I’m a radio journalist with the BBC World Service – I report stories for a show called The World, which airs in the US.

    I’ll be in Istanbul for a week from the 9th November. It’d be great to meet you guys. I’m doing lots of stories and I’ve got a bunch of questions. Actually, one is about street food.. so any recommendations would be great!

    Hope to hear from you,

    Thanks and all best wishes,

    Alex


  2. Alex Gallafent (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    Hello Idil and Erkan,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and then I check back to see that Omar has got to you first! :)

    See, I’m a radio journalist with the BBC World Service – I report stories for a show called The World, which airs in the US.

    I’ll be in Istanbul for a week from the 9th November. It’d be great to meet you guys. I’m doing lots of stories and I’ve got a bunch of questions. Actually, one is about street food.. so any recommendations would be great!

    Hope to hear from you,

    Thanks and all best wishes,

    Alex


  3. till (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

    Outstanding post. :)


  4. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Supercool! :)


  5. William Thirteen (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    it seems a to me ironic that the meeting place was Starbucks – one of the standard bearers of US cultural expansionism.

    ~William @ berlin.metblogs.com


  6. Amar C. Bakshi (unregistered) on October 28th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    Thank you Idil for hosting it. I learned so much from all of you, and yes, Hasan, it was definitely ironic, but it was the most beautiful starbucks I have ever seen, anywhere on earth.


  7. Jonas (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    Great story


  8. Golum (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    cool!



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