In Chefchaouen, Morocco, a city best known for being almost entirely painted blue, I experienced two important aspects of Moroccan culture: one titillating and the other humiliating. As I climbed the surrounding hills, I paused to look down on a place that looks more like a Van Gogh painting than reality. At that moment, a beautiful song began to echo out from the mosques and reverberate through the city, up into the hills where I stood, awed.
I am back in Istanbul after a night with the grand Sheikh of Erbil and the Darwish believers. My trip to Iraq was definitely a journey I will remember for the rest of my life. It absolutely changed my views about Kurdish and Iraqi people.
My partner and I decided to experience a Turkish bath house and we approached lovely lady at the We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Very old traditional hammam.
I came in the workday morning am and there were just 6 visitors. At midday it got busier The place gave me a good impression concerning hygiene.
I know, I know, it was tough but someone had to do it! A hammam is predicated on the idea of having places of extreme cleanliness — where purifying the body goes hand-in-hand with purifying the soul. And around AD, hammams also became places where major life events were celebrated and bathing rituals incorporated into weddings and births.
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After being processed, those under custody were released. After being sent to the courthouse, the administrator H. Raids against hammams, which also act as gay hangouts, are not new.
Public bathing is a part of many cultures, from Scandinavia to East Asia. I grew up going to public baths and love a good scrubbing. Perhaps the most famous bathing culture, however, is the Roman one I and many others probably have been in almost as many Roman bath ruins as actual functioning modern bathswhich survives today all over the Middle East though, as far as I know, not in Italy.
When you travel, sometimes you face some weird situations, but the good thing is that you can turn them into a traveler anecdote. This is one of those times:. I always try to experience the local traditions, so I can get a feeling of how the people there behave, of how they live.
Until then, like many other Turkish city-dwellers being used to single bathing in bathtubs and showers in their bathrooms, communal bathing had been an extraordinary activity for me. This personal belief had mainly resulted from the collective cultural memory that considers the hamam as the only ethnographic figure representative of the Ottoman-Turkish bathing culture. At that moment, the hamam manager and employees stared at me strangely.