“Please don’t mind if they talk very loud. They live in different mountains and communicate by yelling”.
During Ramadan in Turkey, “I am not even fasting, but I think I eat more than the rest of the people”.
“I will just hold the tray so you can take a picture"
The shepherd just smiled at me and reminded me of Santiago Shepherd from the book “The Alchemist”
The salesman at a pottery: “He is the best potter in Avanos."
“Can you take a picture of me and my daughter?”
“Here is my restaurant business card. Come for dinner, ok?”
Me : “Can I pay with credit cards?”
The grocer : “No, I just post these stickers for decoration."
The girl: “I was on a fishing boat by myself for six months.”
Me : “Don’t you feel lonely?”
The girl: “Loneliness is not a choice. Mine is voluntary, so I like to call it “Solitude”. "
“Are you Japanese? Yes, you are Japanese for sure"
Me: “Here is your bread”.
The neighbor gave me 2 lira and kissed me on the cheeks.
“We are going to walk 150 km in 3 days. It is really fun. There will be parties and music at night. You should come”
“I used to be an engineer before I started doing glass art”
Me: I have never seen round artichokes in the United States.
The grocer: Where do you get your artichokes in the United States.
Me : In a can.
“Can you take a picture of me?"
“Don’t show my picture to your friends. They will think I am Osama Bin Laden”.