Takin’ it real easy today. Went for a walk in the morning to find an ATM, and found this.
It is the Cifte Minareli Medrese (Double Minaret). It’s the main sight in Erzurum, what a sight it is. When I was there, there was not another soul there. Old and silent and cold. An ancient building existing in the mist.
As I wandered around the back of the building, a short man with glasses that threatened to fall off the tip of his nose trotted over and introduced himself.
“My German is much better than my English. Hello, my name is Necati.”
If his German was better than his English, then he must speak fairly astonishingly good German.
Necati is the owner of a small carpet shop next to the Double Minaret. He has carpets from all over the region including Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, and of course Turkey. Some up to 100 years old.
I made it fairly clear that I was not in a position to buy a carpet, but I think the salesman in him got the better of him and he ended up showing me more carpets than I have ever beholden in my life.
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