Tavla and Okey: The Games We Play

Tavla and Okey: The Games We Play

A guest post by Jesse S. It seems like everywhere I go in Bursa I see three things: football on the television, pairs of people of all ages fast and furiously playing tavla (backgammon), and groups of older men peacefully enjoying okey (pronounced “okay,” a game...
Camel Wrestling: A Cultural Experience

Camel Wrestling: A Cultural Experience

A guest post by Sharon Rott Sharon Rott came to Bursa as a teacher. But in her free time, she enjoys new adventures and cultural experiences. She has contributed to The Best of Bursa before. In this piece, Sharon shares about her experience at a traditional camel...
The Sacrifice Sellers

The Sacrifice Sellers

“I have 40 bulls here this year,” Sait told me as he motioned toward the yellow tent. Inside the tent, two rows of young bulls were lined up on either side while farmhands attended to their needs. “I’ve been coming here every year for 20 years, and I’ve sold out every...