About three days ago I stater a new project where I travel around Turkey and report the highlights of each city. Since I’m located in Bilecik, I thought why not start here! I started shooting footage at the local historical areas and Cafes. Today, I just want to talk about how one Cafe went out of their way for me to get the best service possible. They offered me their best foods, deserts, drinks, and hookahs. I could have wrote about any Cafe however this specific one presented me with one of the most amazing hookahs I’ve seen in my life. It’s called a natural hookah and the original one in Bilecik can only be found in Agrilion Cafe. They allowed me to record footage of it’s preparation and personally let me decide how the taste was. It was so fantastic that I had to write about it.
The natural hookah is prepared using apple (the fruit) based products. What do I mean about that? Well let me explain the process of making one.
First, the hookah machine is cleaned thoroughly with water and pressured air. Then it is apple “ification” time. The inside is rinsed out with apple juice. Next, instead of a traditional ceramic head, they carve out an apple and fill it with apple flavored Al-Fakher Shisha. Then, instead of a water tank as the base, they use a custom shaped carved out watermelon and fill it with apple juice. The whole smoking experience from start to finish is just incredible. It literally feels like smoking an apple.
Upon taking the first drag through the hookah you can completely feel the sensation of apple take over your body. I’ve been smoking it since I shot a vlog and until long after I upload this post. This is because they also use custom coal that doesn’t burn your throat, doesn’t give you a headache, and doesn’t upset your stomach. This has been the most incredible smoking experience of my life so far.
The presentation even looks amazing. They use a special hookah machine designed to give a natural look equivalent to the taste. Even the way they deliver it to your table is un-match-able to any other cafe.
If your way ever falls to Bilecik, I highly suggest you check out Agrilion Cafe for their Natural Hookah.
When it comes to describe today, I guess I felt both the things and there opposites; scared and brave, excited and disappointed, cheerful and sorrowful, depressed and hopeful. lost but found. Let me explain why;
This morning I entered my physics exam and saw only 5 (five) questions on the test. Then, I immediately realized that I was not meant to be a student and should probably just jump out the window and save the teacher a paper to grade. All the questions were on the topics that I didn’t understand at all because not only is physics hard in English, it’s damn near impossible in Turkish. .After the test, my manager calmed me down, I decided to plan out the trip to Istanbul for wednesday. BTW (By the way), I got accepted into the talent contest and the company wants me to go to Istanbul to meet with everybody I’ll be competing against. After speaking to my manager and sponsor we’ve come to a conclusion that I need to spend the entire day tomorrow coming up with a brand new choreography to use for wednesday. Today, I was able to cut and slice the music and practice a little bit on my routine. Tomorrow, I will spend 6 (six) hours creating and practicing a routine to perfection.
Wish Me Luck.
Today was hectic. I woke up early to study physics and get ready for the test tomorrow. After trying to decode the blurry notes a classmate sent me, I decided to visit the classmate and grab the tangible copy of the class notes. Immediately rushing back to study, I almost crashed into 3 (three) cars on my motorcycle. Fun. After studying and understanding simple physics of Scalar and Vectorial movement, I had to rush to the language school to teach English. Arriving perfectly on time, and out of breath, I realized that I had left my notes at home. However, I was able to continue with the class from memory. My first class was a bit routine, today we tried speed talking. I asked each one of my students a few questions at a normal / fast speaking pace, and they had to repeat every word they heard. Although this was a new activity for them, they were almost always correct with their answers. My class caught me by surprise. Their homework was to write down three questions and a few them wrote down pretty good questions for their English level. Also, I was surprised once again when one of my students told me “good luck on your test”. The student told me that she had been reading my blog. I have to say, that felt pretty awesome. 🙂
After the language school, I proceed to study more physics off my friends notes. Afters hours of confusion I gave up and decided to live my life as a homeless, unemployed, college drop-out. After the self hate, I decided to go home and update my blog. Once I finish this update, I will continue to scavenger across YouTube (Oytub) to find physics lessons and once again have a drop of hope of passing my class.
Keep in mind that not only is the topic of physics hard and extremely complicated for me, but also it’s taught in an other language. FML
So in Turkey, some people call YouTube (Yu-Toowb) as “Oytub” (Oy-Tuub), and it’s really weird. When I first heard people say this, I was filled with confusion. As I was trying to figure out what “Oytub” was they continued to describe a video they watched. By the time I figured out “Oytub” meant YouTube, there explanation of the video was finished.
Anyway, last night I uploaded the first video of the weekly publish. This video was shot in Bursa, Turkey. The track name I am dancing to in the video is “Wamono” by Hifana.
Today, in approximately 4 (four) hours, I will be meeting up with my manager in the studio to work on the second video. I am super excited about getting ready for this competition. I was so hyped yesterday that I watched the previous contestants of the contest. Honestly, almost all of them were amateurs. Only one team was decent and they copied their ENTIRE set from another dance competitions contestant. As a dancer, I was absolutely filled with hatred. Can you imagine spending HOURS, that turn into DAYS, that turn into WEEKS, then to MONTHS of practice, and someone from another country steals your entire show by doing the same exact moves on an other countries talent competition?
As I was filled with furiosity by being just a dancer and seeing this, I couldn’t imagine how the original dancers that came up with, and performed, that set felt. Honestly, if it was my set they stole, I would’ve opened a law-suit against them.
That’s just not cool.
Anyway, here’s the video we shot in Bursa, TR. Enjoy.
P.S. – ( 🙂 If you Like, Comment, Subscribe, and/or share the video it would make me very happy. 🙂 )
Today I had an amazing time in Bursa celebrating my birthday with my childhood friend in Bursa. We had fun as we split the cake and got a little bit intoxicated. Even though it rained, we continued to stay outdoors with a group of friends, about 10 (ten) people. As we walked through the streets of this vast never ending city I felt at home and at peace. It just feels like I belonged in this city, in this environment , and with this society. I felt bliss, and it felt amazing. This is my goal in Turkey, this is why I came here, to live in the city of my dreams. I will try my best to keep my grades up this year and transfer to Bursa next year.
When it comes to the photography, I wasn’t able to snap too many photos, however, I did shoot a dance video and a vine. I will upload the vine to my dance page in a few minutes. Also, I will be travelling through the city tomorrow and taking more photos. The photos will be uploaded tomorrow night.