October 6, 2016

Ortakoy, Istanbul. June, 2007

Istanbul has weathered military coups before, dating back centuries. Even the name of the capital reflects changing political climates and regimes: Byzantium became Constantinople became Istanbul. The people I met there were among the nicest I've met anywhere. There is a good reason that Middle Eastern hospitality is fabled in legend and in song. I have no idea who these two young men are, but they seem to be enjoying a bit of mid-morning gossip...just as you and I would.

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