Dancing in the mountain

Trip Start May 19, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Black Sea Coast,
Friday, July 24, 2009

Trabzon was the last Turkish city we visited before going over to Georgia. It is a major city on the Black Sea coast. We stayed there for 4 days and toured the areas around it, which is quite lovely, but nothing spectacular.

It is surprising that we found temperate rain forest here. This area's climate is mild and it has a lot of rain, so there are lush vegetations everywhere and in the mountains there are dense forests and a lot of tea plantation, with rows of tea plants.

The most memorable moment happened in a small village called Ayder in the mountain. We went there on a Sunday and saw a lot of locals gathered on a meadow on a gentle slope, families picnicking and friends catching up with each others, then a bagpipe player started to play and people made a circle, hand in hand, and began to dance their folk dance. We watched, and then were invited to join. People came and went, the circle got bigger and then smaller, but the dance kept going for hours. I just loved to observe people enjoyed this kind of genuine, spontaneous joy – not for show, just had a good time with their family and friends, as well as living in their own culture and history. I am attaching a video of this dance with this entry, and if it is successful, you can see how joyful it was.

The next day we left for Georgia, a country famous for her friendly people and mountain sceneries.
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