Beware the Raki
Trip Start Sep 21, 2010
13Trip End Oct 07, 2010
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Many carpet salesmen here will invest time in befriending you prior to making a big sale. This was not the case with our friend as he would only discuss carpets if we brought up the subject. We did, and as our food cooked we walked on carpets and discussed which kind we liked the best learning about the culture, colors and weaving techniques. The lunch was a lamb stew with eggplant complemented by a shepherd salad. A simple, but perfect meal with friends.
4:00 pm had snuck up on us and we decided to head to the Grand Bazaar and to the Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar was a similar experience but insert (what I hope is) real food. The picture opportunities here are endless with the locals buying spices (obviously), meats, pastries and vegetables. There were bright colors, fragrant smells and people everywhere. So many people in fact that we briefly lost Chris G, and later found out he was only about 8-10 feet away from us. The sun quickly set and we were off to the apartment to get ready for dinner.
We then trammed our way back to the carpet shop. The Tramway was jammed packed full of happy soccer fans (the team was Besiktas, pronounced Beezsheek-tesh) making it difficult to jam into the already crowded cars but fun as people were even singing soccer cheers since Besiktas had won in a last minute thriller!) Wish we could have made it to the game!
Next was probably one the most amazing and surreal dinners we will ever have
Now on to describe the Raki, we went through about a bottle and a half of it and the flavor goes great with everything. It is poured in a unique way. First the Raki which is clear, then water which makes it turn a milky color, then lots of ice. It tastes like liquorish but not as much as ozo (Greek booze) or sambuka . We also smoked our second Hooka (strawberry flavor this time).
We then took a cab to Taxism square to walk down Istakaldi Street. The taxis have been much less scary on this night. We went to 360 bar which has amazing views of the city from its 360 roof top club and deck. Crazy club with Vegas like dancers dressed up in cat leather suits. Finally made it safely back to our apartment and in bed at 4am. This makes rising the next day for early sight seeing next to impossible.