Turkey

When Camels Collide

By / May 2015

For months, in southwestern Turkey, fanatical camel wrestling fans, hyped on rivalry and glass after glass of Raki, flock to tournaments across the region with the hopes of glimpsing a champion. Andy Owens sends this dispatch.

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Step in Time

By / April 2015

Brian McKanna goes dancing on the Black Sea coast: “The history of the horon is full of lore, as well as a bit of mystery. Could it have come from Ireland? Gaelic peoples once populated the Anatolian plains—even bagpipes have Middle Eastern roots.”

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In Turkey, Ice Climbing Finds a Foothold

By / March 2015

Brian McKanna on the push to turn northeastern Turkey into an ice sports capital: “Village women stare from balconies that double as haylofts. By their faces, I figure they’ve never seen a foreigner, much less ice axes and neon North Face jackets.”

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Have You Been to Hell Today?

By / January 2015

Kenny Houston hits the otherworldly caverns at Kizkalesi: “Leaving Heaven, appropriately enough, is a truly daunting prospect. Whoever named the cave was either wise or had a wicked sense of humor, maybe both.”

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The Loveliest Commotion

By / January 2015

Brian McKanna profiles Mehmet Tamdeger, custodian of Istanbul’s cymbal-making legacy.

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A Carpet Merchant’s Lament

By / November 2014

Rugs are synonymous with Turkey. It’s been that way for hundreds for years. But Rifki Ezgin, a long-time carpet merchant in Denizli, a city in southwestern Turkey, fears the ancient art form is in danger.

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