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 on Aug 30, 2011

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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 on Mar 30, 2011


... saw enough even when I was stateside, and the ones that time has claimed, who I will never now see again.

I will miss the people I have met here. Those who taught me that decency and understanding and friendship and solidarity aren't bound by any line we choose to draw on a map, not just through their words but their actions as well. And I can't help but think that this is how life breathes. There will always be a flow of ...

Year in Review

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer on Dec 24, 2010

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... it, though it's far from the easiest ladder to climb.

Where has the past decade gone, too? In 2001, I was a 13 year old kid. I am now a 23 year old kid and I believe that to the bone. But then again I don't see too much value in altogether shedding the qualities of naivety and excitement that are so often paired with adolescence.
In regards to this whole teaching thing...I've had my fair share of "What the hell am I doing?" moments since I've been ...

Love and Hate

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer on Oct 25, 2010

2 comments, 3 photos

... hood they will nap during the day or find a ledge to stare at you from, half timid, half hoping you'll toss them a morsel of something. Old ladies lay out leftovers for them during late hours of the night as it they were on covert operations.

There are 2 smaller mosques by my apartment, situated amongst salons and video game shops. Always there is the modern meeting traditional. There are about 13 hair salons for
men and women within spitting ...

Bursa, at last

A travel blog entry by ejbeyer on Sep 21, 2010

... see are jellyfish. Hundreds of plate-sized jellyfish drifting right by the surface. It did well to remind me of my physical setting. The rest of the ride was beautiful, climbing and descending tall green hills, going through battered towns and ever more rectangular, uninspiring, and rather depressing apartment complexes. And more on that note - Each town is a mix of completed, semi-thrown together buildings situated directly adjacent ...

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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 Bursa Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
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