translates to “I don’t know Turkish”. This phrase came in handy during my months spent traveling around the diverse country. Although I learned a few phrases to help me get around, after an initial exchange, the conversations quickly advanced beyond my limited knowledge of this unique language.

Turkey is an enigmatic melange of the East and West, with its own rich heritage. From the modern city of Istanbul to the far plains of Sanliurfa, where the remains of Mesopotamia are still buried under the soil.
It's a beautiful place to be, and breathe the spirit of our ancestors.

If I told you about a land of love, friend, would you follow me and come? In that land are vineyards that yield a deadly wine - no glass can hold it. Would you swallow it as a remedy?

The people there must suffer. Would you serve the sweetest drink to others and take the bitter drink yourself?

There are no moons or suns there. Nothing waxes or wanes. Would you surrender your plans and forget about seductions?

Here we're made of water, earth, fire and air. Yunus tell us, is this what you're made of?

Yunus Emre (1238-1320)