Where East and West bridge
One of the advantages of working in an international academic environment is that you get in touch with people from all over the world, learn new things every day and have the chance to get special Cicerones when you go visit their countries. This was one example. My two turkish friends Yigit and Meniz led an expedition of six from four nationalities to discover Cappadocia and Istanbul. Astonishing areas: caves modelled by the wind hosting people and paleo-Christian churches (no pictures unfortunately could be taken), and the former Costantinople bearing traces of epical battles and historical developments in its architecture and even language and cousine. We probably gained a couple of kilos in a week but have enjoyed the best food, including ayran and the unmissable kunefe and baklava.
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