Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sufi Whirling Dervish

No visit to Istanbul is complete without going to see the "whirling dervish." It is a form of Sufi worship/ meditation where they have people literally whirling/ spinning around to song and music. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufi_whirling.We had bought tickets earlier in the day and went in a bit early to the place which also was a pretty restaurant. We were served hot apple tea before the event.

The music itself was very soothing - almost sleep-inducing, since it puts you in a trance, just like it does the dervishes. You can also watch it on YouTube by searching for "whirling dervish."

After the show we walked out into the COLD... We found a perfect place to have our dinner - the lady made these hot pancakes, almost like our paratas. It was made with potatoes, spinach, cheese and meat. It was great to sit in front of the warm "tava" (they call it the same!) and eat the "paratas" hot off the pan!

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