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Bargaining for Shoes

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Leilla browsing the antique shops in Kadiköy...


When shopping in Turkey, it is important to know what you want to buy. At least, if you do not speak Turkish, it is important to know what you want to buy before you decide to enter and ask lots of questions in pidgin Turkish.

Witness exhibit A:


If you find yourself at this point in the bargaining process, you will find it difficult to back out with a clear conscience. Lucky for me, Leilla was the one buying. I, meanwhile, had only to sit and warm my toes, sip some delicious apple tea (elma çay), and watch the scene unfold as shrewd vendor won over reluctant customer. Might I add that the tea was the most scrumptious tea I have ever tasted? Like biting into a warm baked apple, straight out of the oven. Deeelish! How can one refuse a shoe vendor who has complementary tea delivered on a tray from a neighbouring café straight into your chilled fingers? Well, one cannot, obviously!

And so we left with warmth in our bellies, and new Nikes in our bag. (Well, Leilla did.)

Posted by erehel 09:17 Archived in Turkey

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