Breakfast in Selcuk, 2002

AramKim_2016_TurkishBreakfast_Selcuk_CR_72dpi_singedSince my sister and I didn’t prepare anything (though I’m tempted to say we were spontaneous, we were simply unprepared), when an old man who was waiting at the bus station of a town called Selcuk (10-12 hours away by bus towards South from Istanbul) told us he had a guest house, we happily followed him. It was quite common back then that small guest house owners would wait for their potential customers at the train or bus station, hoping to get backpackers like us  when long distance bus or train arrived.  After a long overnight bus ride, we were just ready to go anywhere if they had a room for us.

The town was very quiet and peaceful. The room was…so bare. Bed was very small and wobbly  and the mattress so thin. There was a curtain instead of a door for the bathroom. We were about to feel a little bit sorry for ourselves, but then when we walked out of the house to look around the town, there was a sudden wave of fragrance. It was from jasmine flowers that were abundantly covering the gate arch. The smell was so divine, air so sweet, all of a sudden, it almost felt surreal. (There were a lot of surreal moments afterwards while traveling in Turkey.) And this was the moment the trip in Turkey really started becoming memorable.

Next morning, breakfast was set out in the garden. Our old host was very proud of the set up, and he had all the right to be. It was gracious. Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers were so fresh, white cheese was just rightly salty, soft bread with butter and jam melted in the mouth. Boiled eggs were delicious. On top of that, sweet jasmine fragrance and fresh air just made everything so heavenly. This was now so long ago, I don’t remember if we ate with the host’s family or if there were olives on the table (which feels to be the probability) or if we drank coffee or tea or both, but this sensation of eating such fresh breakfast out in the garden surrounded by flowers is forever  ingrained in my brain as one of the perfect moments that I had in Turkey.

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Author: illustratedmemory

Children's book author/illustrator and designer. Debut picture book Cat on the Bus releases on July 30, 2016 by Holiday House. This blog is for a record of memories through simple illustrations and memos, mostly on food.

5 thoughts on “Breakfast in Selcuk, 2002”

  1. I love Selcuk and I love Turkish breakfast! The minute I saw your drawing I knew it’s Turkish breakfast!!! I like to go back to Selçuk and visit Mother Mary’s House or Ephesus 💋❤️

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