Hotel Cesmeli

Gumusceken Cad. No:6 Heykel, Osmangazi, Bursa Province, Turkey | Hotel

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Semazen (Sufi 'Dance' Tradition)

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer


Recently I had the pleasure of watching a Semsazen, which is a traditional "dance" better known a whirling Dervish ceremony. After an iftar with some students (the nightly dinner during Ramadan where everyone breaks the fast) we headed into a neighborhood up on the hill of the mountain. Interestingly placed, as the crowded apartment building blocks suddenly gave way to a more open area which hosted a çay bahçe (tea garden) and a ...


A travel blog entry by ejbeyer


... and out of your sphere. And I don't think there's a greater incentive to appreciate those people, whoever they are, for everything they are and aren't, equally.

A late night. Rest for now. Some words for the night:

Before I bid you adieu, do this one thing for me:
Out of the trillions of numbers in the world,
Just leave me a few that lead to you,
I won't be long, and I'll see you in the morning, true.


Year in Review

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer


... I absolutely savor them now. I was standing at the board, talking about the grammatical difference between "either" and "neither" last night, and for a split second I thought, 'This is so strange. I'm leading a group of adults in a class session of learning, and I'm doing it comfortably, I'm doing it confidently. Where did that come from?'
I've almost never been comfortable speaking in front of people. I've never enjoyed being the center of a room. When did I ...

Love and Hate

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer


... where I live as well. I don't really understand it, but ok. School children, dressed in creatively casual expressions despite their rigid, mandatory attire, rule the alleys on their way to class in the mornings and during the afternoons. What appear to be older, more traditional men and women continue to stare at me like I'm invading their city (damn kids), and as always the vendors plead with me to buy something from them as if their lives depended on ...

Bursa, at last

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer

... of others. Each one is in a different state of disrepair or construction. Apparently, contractors build as they can here, rather than getting all the money from the bank at once to complete an entire project, they may finish a story or two and then wait a few years before finishing off the rest. It's unreal.

I have seen little of Bursa, but so far it does seem a bit more relaxed than Istanbul (which doesn't take much). ...

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This hotel, located on Gumusceken Cad. No:6 Heykel, Osmangazi, is near Green Mosque (Yesil Camii), Green Tomb (Yesil Turbesi), Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and Covered Bazaar (Bedesten).
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