Over the years I have met many wonderful people and many of my vendors have become friends: it's hard not to become friends after copious cups of steaming cay (Turkish tea) and hours of spirited haggling on both ends. All of these Turkish treasures of have been hard won on the floors of many a market across this vast country: Southeastern areas of Sanliurfa and Diyarbikar; central Cappadocia with its moon-like landscape; and, to the West with Euro-centric Istanbul and Selcuk's Greek calling.

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