Atölye Çalışması

Beliz Kudat
Yeşim Cimcoz

Buluşma Tarihleri:
Ekim 2016 itibariyle her ayın son Cuma günü

Buluşma Saati:
10:00 - 16:00

Buluşma Yeri:
Her ay belirlenen bir mekanda, sonra İstanbul sokaklarında, insanlarında, ruhunda.


Eskiyi Arayanlar İçin

Eski İstanbulu Yazıyorum çalışmalarının gittiğine üzülenler, keşke eskisi gibi kalsaydı diyenler, sadece amatör kalmayı isteyen, sadece içinden geldiği gibi yazmak isteyenler... sizi unutmadık! Biz ayrıca hala yılda en az iki defa İstanbul'un bir semtine gideceğiz. Hatta bazılarınızın çok istediği gibi bir hafta sonu gezisi bile düşünüyoruz. Bu gezilerimiz tam eski İstanbul'u Yazıyorum tadında olacak. Tek şartımız yazmanız. Katılım yine ücretsiz olacak, yeme içme sizden olacak. Yazılarınız yine yayınlanacak, yine beraber yazıp okuyacağız. Sadece yılda iki defa olacak. :) Buradan tarihler hakkında duyuruları takip etmeyi ihmal etmeyin.

Anasayfa Writing Istanbul Day Two 13th May Sunday An Overview of Our Second Day

Picture by Taylan Özgür Efe It is a Turkish specialty. Simit are sold everywhere and they come out hot from the bakers ovens a few times a day and are then distributed throughout the city. It is cheap, it is filling and it is tasty. Almost like a pretzel the simit is round in shape and is covered in sesame seeds. In the past vendors would sell simit piled high on a wooden panel placed carefully on the vendors head as he walked the streets. He would call out “Smitttttchhhhiiiiii” (meaning the one who sells simit) The sound of a street vendor is a powerfull memory for most Turks. Women would hang out windows, release baskets tied to the end of a rope from four stories high with money in it for the vendor. Simit would be exchanged for the money and children would be in for a great teatime or breakfast treat. And so I hope you will enjoy the light breakfast at Rooms Galata where you’ll get to taste simit, served with some cheese on the side and fresh fruit, tea and coffee. As we eat our light breakfast we’ll have a chance at an hour of writing guided by one of the tutors... a great opportunity to loosen up the pen and get our creative juices flowing.

Two minibuses will take us from the residence to Sultanahmet Square on this day. Though there is so much history here and so much to see, we’ll have time to fully visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Underground Cistern as well as walk around the area and maybe sit somewhere to watch people.

The ground where the Hagia Sophia stood was once pagan worship grounds. Over thousands of years it was desired, changed and molded into whatever met the needs of the ruling religion. Originally constructed by the Emperor Justinian as one of the most magnificent churches in the Christian world, with no other church to compare it to in those dates anywhere in the Roman Empire, the Hagia Sophia moved from Christian hands into the Islamic faith of the Ottoman Empire. Murals, icons were all covered, plastered over and hidden. Many civilizations came and went but the Hagia Sophia stood ... always adapting, ever changing and yet remaining the same. They say underground tunnels run under her and spread throughout the city. Hidden underground tunnels that lead to different parts of the city. No one has yet uncovered them, yet rumors still continue. After becoming a museum archeologists worked for many years to restore parts of the church. Just recently the face of one of the four angels has been exposed. It is a magnificent sight to see... Many myths surround the Hagia Sophia and you will have time to walk her vast corridors, look out her many windows, stand under her huge dome and look into the face of an angel then make a wish at the Crying Column before you leave.

Our next stop will be just across the street. We’ll pass the tramway and enter the Underground Cistern. The first thing you’ll notice is the cool moist air that greets you along with a damp smell. The Ottomans it seems never used to drink water from these underground storage areas as they would only drink running water. The cistern is huge, wet, damp and cool. Incredibly big fish swim in the waters under your feet as you walk along the many bridges that run throughout the cistern. Maybe there will be a laser show if we are lucky...if not don’t forget to see the Medussa heads at the far back of the Cistern before we leave.

As we emerge into hopefully a warm, fresh May day you’ll have sometime to walk around the side streets. We’ll meet for lunch. There are many options to choose from for lunch...Sultanahmet Köfte is the local specialty though there aren't many options in the restaurant for non-meat eaters. So we'll go somewhere nearby which caters to all our needs.

After lunch we are off to the Writers Cafe (Yazarlar Kahvesi). You can have an after lunch coffee here as we write and share. Jale Sancak, a well published Turkish writer will visit us and you can ask her about living and being a writer in Istanbul. We'll be here for about 2 hours, so anyone who would prefer to visit the Topkapı Palace can choose to do so before they close at 4pm.

Sheila's friend Oktay has offered to give us a Turkish Carpet experience, which is a wonderful experience of color and animation, at one of his shops in the area. We would be heading out to the Carpet shop after the cafe.

You are free to walk around Beyoglu this evening and eat in nearby restaurants. But those who want to visit the Hamam and experience the amazing lightness of a Turkish bath should hang around as we’ll set out from the hotel at 19:30 to walk up the street to the Galatasaray Bath House. Women and men bathe separately. Make sure you bring slippers, a two piece bathing suit or just underwear (ladies) and your shampoo. The steam greets you, wraps around you and begins to work it’s magic as your skin begins to renew itself. Steaming hot water, a loofah scrub, a soap bath and lots of relaxation make this a wonderful way to end the day. It’s back to the residence and a good night’s sleep


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