The Turkish Violinist

Jamie Alexander

Toulouse, France

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One night, we met two lovely French speaking Algerians, with whom we enjoyed rowdy banter around an outdoor table at a simple kebob restaurant. We were presently joined by two turkish musicians, and the mixture of English, Turkish, and French flying across the table was something to behold. Even the restaurant staff joined in our fun, posing for photos, chattering away with us. The old violinist began to play traditional Turkish folk songs, while we kept time with our hands on the table. The laughter was boisterous, the food delightful, and the fresh evening air, sublime. I would have given anything to continue that night forever. It was one of those spontaneous evenings that can only occur when you travel. Ideal for my last evening in Istanbul.

Of all my travels this year, and possibly ever, my voyage to Istanbul has had the most unexpectedly profound effect on my life. She is my new muse, inspiring me in art, music, spirituality, and thought. Her taste, her smell, her essence still lingers all around me, and I’m intoxicated. I sense that my love affair with Turkey is only just beginning.

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