The Nice Thing About Strangers

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Simit salesman, Istanbul, Turkey, travel photos

The Nice Thing About Strangers

Men who sell simits–a bagel-pretzel coated in toasted sesame seeds–are almost as ubiquitous in Istanbul as ankle-breakable holes in the sidewalk. Since I often took the same streets, I often passed the same simit salesman. We bonded by blinking at each other. Some days he was decked out in a houndstooth coat and beige fedora. One this day, he went sporty with a grey jacket and a navy Adidas cap.

As I approached he gave me our blink of recognition. In Turkish, I asked if I could take his photo. My Istanbul days are dwindling, so I needed to pack my souvenirs. Actually, the question, though I knew it well, came out: “Can I take my picture?” But he forgave me. “Of me?”  Yes, yes, I reached apologetically for my camera and offered up my mother’s smile.

A crowd of men on a bench nearby began to chatter among themselves…

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One comment on “Inspire Curiosity

  1. joannerambling
    June 22, 2014


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