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The tea culture

Turkish tea, the national drink of Turkey, is traditionally served in a tulip-shaped glass. I don't know how many of these drinks were offered to us by shop owners who wanted to invite us in for a chat or to sell us something, but we found drinking tea with guests to be a common practice. Often, once we were settled in a store, the owner would nod to his assistant who would go outside; then, miraculously, someone would immediately come back in with a tea tray.

Turkish tea is hearty and full-flavoured and sweetened with sugar. Once warmed by tea, we would exchange stories with our host and discuss anything from family life to Turkish/American relations. Indeed, sipping tea in Turkey is one experience I truly treasure.

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