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Published: September 25th 2004
A Turkish Villager
This isn't the same guy who asked me if I'm an anarchist, but this gives you a good general idea.
On my walk from Bursa to Balikesir I was passing by a spring of sorts (they're all over the place) when an old villager invited me to sit down with him and proceeded to ask the usual questions. He couldn't get over the fact that I was walking such a distance "for fun", and asked me if I was an anarchist.
Such was my state of mind at the time that I nearly replied "no, but I do have sympathies", which would likely have earned me a solid beating as I would be seen as a troublemaker. I guess the image of a sole bearded male walking mountain roads with a backpack and large stick is enough to conjure up thoughts of Che Guevara.
I dodged the question, but a short while later I was asking him and some old women (who were offering me apples) whether there was anything to fear (ie, dogs) on the rest of the road, when the same uncle piped up "yamuk hareket yapma doverler" (lit. "don't make any crooked moves or they'll beat you")... he apparently still wasn't over the troublemaker/anarchist/che idea 😊
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