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Experiencing Turkish hospitali-tea

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My friends and I were browsing a shop in downtown Kusadasi and after a about an hour, I got bored. Spotting a bench outside the shop, I sat down next to a man who was stroking a sleeping cat. With my elbow on the back support of the bench, I leaned my head on my fist and shut my eyes while waiting for my friends. Its been a busy week partying every night and preparing for my friends wedding. I wasnt in the mood for spending more money. I badly needed a rest and so did my purse.

Are you working for them? The man started to strike a conversation while his hand was resting on the lying cat as if it was his pet. He looked smart in his sky blue long-sleeved shirt tucked in black trousers. No, they are my friends I replied without opening my eyes.

Sensing my lack of vivacity, he offered a coffee which I kindly refused. Insisting his hospitality, he convinced me to have a Turkish tea which he assured would perk me up without the stimulating effect of caffeine. I reckoned he was not going to let me sit in peace so I gave in. He quickly got up and went inside the jewelry shop next to where my friends were browsing. No wonder he dressed up smartly. Few minutes later, he came back with the tea in a glass shaped like an hourglass with a small metal saucer and two cubes of sweeteners.

I just bought a set of those glasses with the same shape the day before. I didnt realise they were used for teas.

Not long after he had sat down, a tourist went inside his shop so he had to go back in. I gave the tea glass an analytical gaze wondering why Turkish serve their teas in those elegant glasses. I cupped my fingers around the brim and it sat firmly in my hand.

Clever idea! The glass didnt just look elegant, it was also easy to handle. Theyre not fiddly like teacups and theyre space savers.

When the man came back he asked me where I came from. Philippines, I replied. He said his cousin was married to a Filipina. He showed me her Facebook photos and spoke fondly of her. I was enjoying my nice cup of tea. A young man came walking around giving Turkish Delight to anyone who wanted it.

It was a nice and warm day. Just like the tea, the simple hospitality I had just received made me feel nice and warm.

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  • Sher July 6, 2016, 5:49 pm

    ha i love the play on words in your title! im not a big tea person but i absolutely LOVE turkish coffee.

    Sher
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  • christine leger July 5, 2016, 7:41 pm

    I have Indian and Iranian friends that bring me tea from home all the time and I thought that was great. I went to a Turkish friends house last month; OMG this was better. Even when it got a little cold, still good!

  • Claire July 4, 2016, 9:57 pm

    Lovely story tea is always a bonding opportunity!

  • Alex Datsev July 4, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Great story! After traveling extensively throughout Turkey, I concur that the people there are among the kindest and most genuinely hospitable I have ever met.
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  • Paul July 4, 2016, 7:02 pm

    Thats such a lovely story! I love Turkish tea and the people of Turkey are so kind and hospitable!
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  • Tara July 4, 2016, 5:07 pm

    I love when people take the time to make tea or do something nice for strangers, especially in a world that always seems to be hurrying. Beautiful.
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  • Jessica July 4, 2016, 2:47 pm

    I actually feel intimitated sometimes with elegance. Haha. Glad that the glass is easy to handle. 🙂 The experience is an amazing mix of personality (hospitality) and great drink (tea).
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  • Lisa July 4, 2016, 12:29 pm

    Kindness from strangers is always the highlight of any trip for me. Glad you had a moment. You will always remember that part of the trip!
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  • Rea July 3, 2016, 6:24 pm

    I love hearing stories telling how people meet strangers over a cup of tea. Such a classical way I thought it doesnt exist anymore 🙂 Lovely story indeed, and I must try that Turkish tea!

  • Laura @ Sometime Traveller July 3, 2016, 5:53 pm

    Ah its lovely to hear a story of someone just being kind and hospitable! Im guilty of often being quite wary when Im travelling always guarded against scams or helpful guides who lead you to their brothers shop instead of the attraction you were hoping to see. But sometimes people are just lovely! (PS Turkish tea is delicious, isnt it!)
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