Schwarzer Tee und Blaue Augen
The country where people eat sesame rings (simit) for breakfast and buy yogurt in tubs is both familiar and alien to us. If you threw Germany, Russia, Greece, Egypt and Iran into a blender, Turkey would probably come out. Gerald Drißner travels through Anatolia – from Istanbul to the Mediterranean, through desert-like landscapes, to the green coast of the Black Sea, to Kurdistan and to the cold mountain regions of the East.
He visits a remote valley where the best chess players are said to live and meets the man who wants to build Turkey’s largest ski resort. He travels to where the apostle Paul began his Christian mission and to a village that is struggling to survive.
While drinking tea he learns what the Deep State is, why the head of government hates cigarettes, what mustaches have to do with politics and how blue glass eyes protect against misfortune. The journey ends where Turkey borders on Iran and where once Noah’s Ark is said to have stranded.